The Cleveland Browns have agreed to trade for Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Browns will be sending a 2018 draft pick and a 2019 draft pick in return. The rounds of those picks are not yet known.
Earlier in the week, Landry signed the franchise tender that would pay him $16 million this season. The Browns and Landry are also in discussions on a new contract that would keep him in Cleveland past this year.
The trade can not be official until the new league year starts at 4 p.m. on March 14th.
Landry has made his presence known in the NFL as one of the best slot receivers in the league. Drafted in the second-round in 2014 out of LSU, the 25-year-old receiver has been selected to the Pro Bowl the last three seasons. Last season, Landry caught 112 passes for 987 yards and nine touchdowns. Landry led the league last year with his 112 receptions.
Landry set the NFL record for most receptions in the first four seasons of a career with 400 receptions. The next closest player is Anquan Boldin with 342 receptions.
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In 2015 and 2016, Landry eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in both seasons. He has also caught four or more touchdowns in every season of his career.
It is clear that the Browns needed to add weapons to an offense that ranked 24th in the league in yards per game. But with the addition of Landry, the Browns now enter free agency with an interesting group of skill players on offense. Landry will join Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, David Njoku, and Duke Johnson on the offense.
There are some concerns about Landry’s game, however. The biggest concern is his inability to gain yards after the catch. Although Landry had 112 receptions in 2017, he was unable to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards. But those numbers may have been hindered by what was an anemic Dolphins offense last season.
Landry will create a dynamic combination with Gordon for whoever the Browns quarterback will be in 2018. After hearing about the trade, Gordon tweeted his response.
— Flash (@JOSH_GORDONXII) March 9, 2018
With the skill players the Browns now have, it creates a group of skill players that may interest a veteran free agent quarterback. The weapons could also be a major benefit if the Browns start a rookie quarterback from day one.
The Browns entered this offseason with the potential that it could be a monumental offseason for the franchise. With four picks in the top-35 of this year’s draft and $112 million in cap space, the Browns can add dynamic players to their roster. Coming off a 1-31 record the past two seasons, Cleveland could be looking at a major turnaround this offseason. The addition of Landry could just be the beginning for John Dorsey and company.