The new league year hasn’t started yet but the swarm of NFL trades has been surreal for this time of the year.
The Cleveland Browns decided to finally jump in on the action.
Cleveland will acquire wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for two draft picks. They’re sending a 2018 4th round pick (123rd overall) which they got from Carolina for Andy Lee in the 2016 preseason and a 2019 7th round pick.
Cleveland is also working on signing Landry to a long term contract. Landry was franchise tagged by Miami which he signed on Friday morning, guaranteeing him $15.9 million for the 2018 season.
What is Cleveland getting in terms of Jarvis Landry as a wide receiver?
- He’s been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the previous three seasons.
- He’s the fastest receiver in NFL history to reach 400 receptions.
- He led the NFL in receptions last season with 112 catches.
- 9 receiving touchdowns in 2017 (4th in NFL)
- He ranked 4th in the NFL last season with 28 catches on third down. No Browns receiver had more than six catches on third down.
He’s 25 years old and is one of the most reliable receivers in the NFL and will be a huge addition and talent upgrade to the Browns receiving group. Browns have had some solid slot receivers since 1999 such as Dennis Northcutt, Joe Jurevicius and Andrew Hawkins but none of the caliber of talent Landry possesses.
Joining Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman gives the Browns a solid trio of receivers with the opportunity to add a couple more receivers in free agency and the draft.
Not to mention the fact that also on offense is Duke Johnson and second year tight end David Njoku. If the Browns can find the right quarterback, this offense has the potential to be something fun to watch over the next few seasons.
Once the trade is processed, the Browns will have around $97-98 million dollars in cap space and acquiring Landry who wanted to come here according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network will make other players look and see that the change is coming in Cleveland with the new front office as well as Todd Haley joining Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator and it could attract other players to the Browns.
This is only the start to what should be an interesting offseason for the Cleveland Browns.