The fact that the Miami Dolphins traded Jarvis Landry is not a surprise. However, the team that he is apparently agreed to go to, is a complete shock.
Friday afternoon the Dolphins did, in fact, offload Landry to the Cleveland Browns, the worst franchise in the National Football League over the last decade-plus.
Adam Schefter of ESPN had the details on social media first:
Browns trading two draft picks to Dolphins for WR Jarvis Landry, sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2018
As we have well-documented, Landry agreed and sign his franchise tag tender on Thursday, which guarantees him $16 million for the upcoming season. In doing so, it gave Landry further leverage after the Dolphins had given him permission to seek a trade with a team that he wanted to go to, last week at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Landry holds the NFL record for most receptions in the first four seasons of a career and is clearly one of the top possession receivers in the NFL.
One big criticism from Dolphin fans and analysts is that Landry isn’t an explosive deep threat game-breaking receiver to receive a huge contract.
Obviously, the Browns are in desperate need of numerous things, including veteran receiver help. Cleveland just completed a dubious 0-16 Season and have won only one game total in the last two seasons.
It is still unclear how premium the two draft picks are the Dolphins got in return, but if they did not command at least a second-round pick from Cleveland this year as part of this deal, then Miami fans should be irate.
Update: Schefter is now reporting that the Browns did not give the Dolphins either of their first round picks or a second round pick this year.
The Browns are slated to pick first and fourth in the first round of the upcoming draft in April. They are going to draft a quarterback with one of those two picks, if they hold on to both selections.
Late Friday afternoon it was also reported that the Browns will be also acquiring Bills QB Tyord Taylor for a third round pick in the draft.
Also, Landry sounded off on Twitter about the trade to Cleveland and the hope for the future:
Y’all better understand shit about to get SERIOUS… ON MY MAMA
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) March 9, 2018
As for Landry, he had been rumored to be going to either the Bears or the Ravens or a couple of other places, but the Browns were never really being mentioned specifically as a landing spot.
However, connecting the dots, Landry had to have received assurances from Cleveland that he will receive a massive new contract and wants to play for the Browns.
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