BEREA — Jarvis Landry wants Dez Bryant to join him in the Browns receivers room.
But only if Bryant wants to come to Cleveland.
“We’re just trying to figure out if he wants to be here, then obviously we’re open arms and we’d love to have him,” Landry said Monday. “He’d be a great addition to our team and our offense for sure. But right now all we can focus on is who we have.”
The Browns have discussed signing Bryant, a free agent, since before training camp started last month. After general manager John Dorsey told reporters Thursday night Bryant wouldn’t return his phone calls, Bryant took to Twitter with a series of thoughts on the Browns.
He tweeted he had talked to Dorsey and was “coming to the Land” to see him.
He added: “For real… I wouldn’t mind playing for the browns.. I just want to be right first”
A visit had yet to be finalized as of early Monday afternoon but it remained a possibility. Landry knows Bryant well and rattled off a list of attributes he’d bring to the Browns.
“Attitude. Obviously effort,” Landry said. “I mean, you look at the plays he’s making down the field, underneath. He can really do it all … given the opportunities.”
Landry said coordinator Todd Haley designs his system to take advantage of the talent.
“I think Coach Haley would do a great job of getting him the ball if he was here, but if not, then we got guys who can make plays, too,” Landry said. “Just looking at Todd’s history, especially what he did in Arizona with (Steve) Breaston, Larry (Fitzgerald) and Anquan (Boldin), those three guys.
“I think it’s an opportunity for us all to get better. If we add a guy to the room, awesome. If not, then we got to keep moving, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowler, reportedly turned down a three-year offer from the Ravens worth about $21 million earlier in the offseason. He might prefer a one-year, prove-it deal and Thursday explained his inactivity in free agency.
“…I played with a broken foot before based of emotions trying to satisfy the fans..” he tweeted. “that didn’t work out to well for me…so this time I choosing to be 100 % for sure.. I’ll take all the time I need to show who I am… I have a legit 3years left”
The Browns are thin at receiver, especially with the absence of Josh Gordon, and inexperienced outside of Landry. Rookie Antonio Callaway is the other starter, with Rashard Higgins, in his third year, filling the No. 3 role. Behind him are rookies and unproven commodities.
Bryant, 29, would fill a need, but coach Hue Jackson stressed Sunday making sure the fit is right before adding someone of that stature.
“I do not think you can ever have too many good football players as long as they fit and as long as it is the right fit for the organization, for the locker room and for all involved,” Jackson said.
Landry said he hadn’t really talked to Bryant and didn’t know if he wanted to join the Browns, who went 0-16 last season.
“Honestly, that’s not my decision. That’s his choice,” Landry said. “I support him as a friend, so wherever he goes, I’m happy for him.”
In eight years with the Cowboys Bryant he caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards, a 14.0 average and 73 touchdowns. He’s used to being the No. 1 wideout and may not be happy taking a secondary role.
“Again, not something that I can figure out or give you a true answer to,” Landry said. “In this offense, everybody is an option and you know it’s just about who’s making the plays.”
The physical Bryant (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) started all 16 games last year with 69 catches for 838 yards, a 12.1 average and six touchdowns. He’s gone three years without 1,000 yards after three straight seasons with more than 1,200. He made the Pro Bowl in 2013, ’14 and ’16.