Will free agent Jarvis Landry have a chance to enter the Cowboys roster?
The Dallas Cowboys strengthened their wide receiver core this offseason after trading for Brandin Cooks, but the team still has room to add depth at the position. Five-time Pro Bowl playmaker Jarvis Landry will remain a free agent and add competition to the Cowboys receiver group behind Cooks and CD Lamb.
Jarvis Landry’s days as a Pro Bowler are probably over, but the wideout could still be a solid addition if viewed as a complementary receiver who can compete with Michael Gallup and Jalen Tolbert for touches. The star receiver was once on a five-year, $75 million contract with the Browns, but most recently signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Saints through 2022.
Given that Jarvis Landry’s production has declined for three consecutive seasons, Dallas could potentially bring the veteran in for 2023 on an even more team-friendly deal. Landry recorded 25 receptions for 272 receiving yards and 1 touchdown during 9 appearances in 2022. The former Pro Bowler is two seasons removed from posting 72 catches for 840 yards and 3 touchdowns with Cleveland.
Even though Landry is heading toward the final nine of his career, the playmaker has a decorated resume to lean on and could help the current group of young Cowboys receivers. The five-time Pro Bowler has amassed 1,100 receiving yards over three seasons.
There are many reasons to believe that the Cowboys can expect more production from Gallup and Tolbert this season. The addition of Cooks, adding another vertical threat, could help open up opportunities for both wideouts. Still, Dallas would be wise to add a veteran like Landry even if he uses T.Y. Same should be done for the role Hilton played to finish the previous season.
However, the Cowboys created an additional $10.9 million in cap room following the June 1 release designation of Ezekiel Elliott. Some of Dallas’ existing cap space could be used on contract extensions for stars like Trayvon Diggs, Dak Prescott, and CD Lamb. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones left the door open for the team to make additional signings before training camp.