Jarvis Landry gave Miami his heart and soul during his first four seasons in the NFL, and in the end — it didn’t matter. Landry was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for two draft picks.
Browns trading two draft picks to Dolphins for WR Jarvis Landry, sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2018
Details on exact compensation have yet to be revealed but it is clear that the Browns will receive one of the more productive wide receivers in the NFL over the last four years.
During his tenure in Miami, Landry has amassed 400 receptions, 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns. His 400 receptions over a four-year span are an NFL record.
The trade can’t be finalized until the new league year opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Landry played primarily in the slot, but he has contributed on the outside as a “Z” receiver. By sheer nomenclature, the term slot receiver tends to have an adverse affect on receivers’ value, but Landry’s resume speaks for itself.
Landry was asking for a contract that pays him roughly $14 million, but Miami and Landry’s representatives could not agree on a long-term deal.
As a result of being unable to reach an agreement on long-term compensation, Miami placed the franchise tag on Landry, which would’ve cost the team nearly $16 Million this season. The Dolphins clearly had an aversion to paying him money commensurate with, or greater than what Julio Jones and Antonio Brown will earn in 2018 and decided life without Landry would be best.
The Dolphins know exactly what it’s like to miss a key cog in their offense after going the entire 2017 season without franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Miami will be without one of its biggest playmakers in Landry in 2018 and Gase realizes it will be a difficult adjustment.
“I think anytime you have a player that’s really been elite at his spot, if that guy is not there – we found this out last year, at least we felt at the quarterback position – it makes a big difference and you have to make adjustments,” coach Adam Gase told reporters at the NFL Combine when asked about the prospect of losing Landry.
The Dolphins will certainly need to make adjustments and the incumbent receivers will need to step up to fill Landry’s shoes, but even that might not be enough to fill the void.
Look for Miami to address the wide receiver position early in the draft as a result of Landry’s departure. Miami is looking for more speed and versatility, and names like Christian Kirk, Antonio Callaway and Nyheim Hines fit the bill.