Jeff Janis’ Contract Is Telling
While Rob believes Jeff Janis is going to go to the Cleveland Browns and light it up as a receiver, I think that’s delusional. More wishful thinking than reality-based.
We’re talking about a guy with 17 career receptions for 200 yards and a touchdown through four seasons. You can argue that Mike McCarthy never gave Janis a shot, but I subscribe to a different theory. Janis’ game never evolved beyond college, where he could just run by everyone. His route running and break off the line were never where they needed to be.
The only time Janis really excelled — the playoff game in Arizona — is when he was running around playing schoolyard football.
Janis’ contract with the Browns would seem to indicate the Browns agree with me.
WR-ST Jeff Janis' one-year deal with the #Browns was worth $1.25 million. No guaranteed money. Base salary of $1.15M, workout bonus of $100,000.
— Bob McGinn (@BobMcGinn) April 3, 2018
The salary indicates the Browns are looking at Janis as a special teams player, something he excelled at with the Green Bay Packers. The deal also suggests the Packers made no offer to Janis.
Further, it would seem Janis’ services weren’t in demand around the league. The fact that there is no guaranteed money means pretty much any team who wanted Janis could have signed him with any amount of guaranteed money.
This is about the worst contract you could get. No long-term security. Not even any security for 2018. The Browns could ditch Janis at any time and not have pay him anything.
Starting receiver? I highly doubt that. It appears Janis will just be fighting for a roster spot.