The Green Bay Packers let receiver, special teams ace, outdoorsman and cult hero Jeff Janis walk as a free agent this year. Maybe to the surprise of some, but certainly not me.
Janis signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Cleveland Browns. He will not be collecting that money.
The Browns released Janis on Friday.
Janis caught just three passes for 47 yards this preseason. Apparently, his special teams acumen wasn’t enough to keep him in Cleveland like it did so many years in Green Bay.
Get out there and sign him Packers! That’s surely what some of you are saying, but it’s not going to happen.
The Packers already have somewhat of a Janis clone in Trevor Davis. Good on special teams, doesn’t do anything as a receiver. That is, if he even makes the roster.
We likely won’t know that until tomorrow. While plenty of teams are starting to make their cuts, the Packers typically don’t do so until the Saturday before the season. The deadline to finalize rosters is 4 p.m. ET.
There’s some sense in that approach. Sit back and watch what other teams are doing and who is or might be available.
Surely, some of you Janis loons will point to the playoff game in Arizona where Janis exploded. And I would tell you that Aaron Rodgers never trusted Janis and Mike McCarthy was never going to play him at receiver. The only reason he was even in that game is because almost every other receiver was injured. The Packers had no choice.
This might actually be the end of the road for Janis in the NFL. We’re sure he can have a fine second career as an outdoorsman, though.