Just over a week ago, the New Orleans Saints signed former Kansas City Chiefs safety and three-time first-team All-Pro selection Tyrann Mathiue to be one of their leaders on the defensive side of the ball. On Friday, the Saints signed another former LSU star player in five-time Pro-Bowler in wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who spent the last four seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
Landry has caught 688 receptions for 7,598 yards and 37 touchdowns in his eight seasons in the league. He spent his first four years in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins before moving to Cleveland for four years.
Landry has been a dynamic playmaker as he is a talented route-runner as an outside or slot receiver. He can spot the ball on deep throws and make efficient over-the-shoulder catches for big gains.
After failing to find a trade partner for Landry, the Browns released him on March 14. Landry took his time in finding a new team to make sure he could fit into the schemes of his new offense partners and to determine whether the teams that express interest could be playoff contenders. The Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs had interest in signing him and the Browns were looking to re-sign Landry to a less expensive contract within the past week.
Instead, Landry will be signing a deal with the Saints, confirmed by his Twitter page, after a month of gauging interests from playoff-contending teams. This move comes a few weeks after the Saints traded up to the 11th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to select Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave. The Saints are also expecting 2019 NFL Offensive Player of the Year in wide receiver Michael Thomas back in the 2022 NFL season fully healthy.
Pair these three wide receivers with five-time Pro Bowl flex running back in Alvin Kamara and the potential of tight end Adam Trautman once again, and the Saints could have a scary offense, once again.
All of their success will depend on their quarterback Jameis Winston, however, in order for their offense to be back in the elite category they were in two seasons ago. Winston played well in the first seven games for New Orleans last season, but he did struggle at times. Winston suffered a torn ACL in Week Eight of the 2021 season. The Saints were 5-2 before Winston went down, but then suffered a 4-6 streak to end the season at 9-8, just short of the playoffs for the first-time since the 2016 season.
The Saints finished the 2021 season ranked last in the league in passing yards per game (187.4). This was caused by a combination of not having a reliable passing quarterback after Winston was injured and not having a solid number one receiver other than former undrafted wide receiver in Marquez Callaway. Thomas missed all of the 2021 season with an ankle injury.
The Saints now have a healthy Michael Thomas and Jameis Winston as well as the addition of a speedy slot receiver in Chris Olave and a dynamic playmaker in Jarvis Landry. Landry will be the outside receiver the Saints can rely on the most in deep passing situations. Thomas and Olave are elite playmakers from the slot.
This signing is the push needed for New Orleans to contend with their NFC South Divisional rival in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints will put less pressure on their rookie wide receiver and their star receiver in Thomas. With all of the talent given to Winston, there are no excuses for him to bring the Saints back into the playoffs as this is his offense to control.