The New Orleans Saints plan to see if two homecomings are as enjoyable as one.
Jarvis Landry, a Louisiana native and former LSU standout has signed with the Saints, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. According to Pelissero’s report on NFL Total Access, it is a one-year contract for up to $6 million. The union comes just under two weeks after All-Pro safety Tryann Mathieu did the same. The two veterans met in college for one season (2011) and will now work together to get the Saints back into the playoffs.
Landry, a five-time Pro Bowler, has elected to give New Orleans his third NFL home following four years with the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns. Cleveland released Landry after a season where he had 52 catches for 570 yards and two receiving touchdowns, both of which were career lows.
Although there were rumors that the Ravens were courting Landry to stay in the AFC North, and some pundits speculated that he might return to Cleveland after being on the market for over a month, Landry chose the Jameis Winston-led Saints as his top target.
Although offensive maestro Sean Payton is no longer with the Saints, and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees is no longer raising New Orleans as the stronghold of efficiency, the 2022 Saints are still an attractive opportunity any weapon to join.
Winston is one of only nine quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a single season, and he hopes to return in Week 1 after tearing his ACL in Week 8 last year.
Michael Thomas, one of the game’s top receivers before an ankle injury cost him the whole 2021 season, is likewise anticipated to return at full health.
After picking Ohio State prospect Chris Olave with the 11th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, new head coach Dennis Allen said on The Rich Eisen Show last week, “I almost look at it as having Mike back. It’s almost like we had two first-round draught picks at wide receiver.”
Add in Landry, a former second-round pick who can comfortably slip into the slot – his position of strength – and the New Orleans offense might be a night and day difference from last year when it fell out of the top-10 in points scored for the first time since 2010.
Landry celebrated the agreement by tweeting his hype video. Saints fans should expect even more excitement whenever he takes the field with his teammates.