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Dolphins Trade Jarvis Landry To Cleveland

Jarvis Landry’s run in Miami came to an end Friday afternoon, as the Dolphins traded the 25-year-old 2017 NFL receptions leader to the Cleveland Browns for two undisclosed draft picks.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the picks are said to be “no higher than third rounders” and that one is in 2018 and another in 2019.

The Browns apparently took a page out of their in-state basketball counterpart Cleveland Cavaliers book – making multiple trades within hours to completely revamp and reshape their roster.

Shortly after announcing the Landry deal, Cleveland sent a third-round pick to Buffalo for quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Which led the Browns to jettison 2017 second-round pick quarterback DeShone Kizer, who completed 53.6 percent of his passes for 2,894 yards with 11 touchdowns and a league-high 22 interceptions in his 15 starts, and a 2018 fourth-round pick to Green Bay in exchange for cornerback Damarious Randall and a Packers fifth-round pick.

For the Dolphins, moving Landry completes a three-week ordeal that began with the team placing a non-exclusive franchise tag on the three-time NFL Pro Bowl receiver; then granting him permission to seek a trade, and concluding with agreeing to the deal that will send Landry to the AFC North division.

Landry’s contract, or the difficulty that Miami had with trying to broker a new deal with him, was the catalyst for the team so easily moving on from the highly productive receiver. Under the 2018 franchise tag, Landry is due to make upwards of $16.2 million.

Now the Browns, who also have the No. 1 and No. 4 overall draft picks in April’s NFL Draft, will try to work out a long-term deal with Landry – something that Schefter said is imminent.

While Landry was never considered a “No. 1 receiver”, he did put up top receiver-type numbers for the Fins. The 6-foot-1, LSU product led Miami – and the league – in receptions this past season with 112 catches. He also finished with 987 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2017.

His 400 career receptions are the most in the NFL through the first four seasons of a player’s career and ranked sixth in Dolphins history. Landry also broke his own single-season, Dolphins franchise record for receptions (110 catches in 2015) while becoming just the fourth player in league history to record at least five receptions in all 16 games – joining Jimmy Smith (2001), Pierre Garcon (2013) and Antonio Brown (2013 and 2014).

As productive as Landry was for Miami, one thing that Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase won’t miss, however, is Landry’s tendency to “fly off the handle”.

Landry was ejected from Miami’s season finale loss against the Buffalo Bills this past season when he “instigated” a brawl during the fourth quarter. According to game referee Jeff Triplette, Landry head-butted and hit Buffalo safety Jordan Poyor and “disrespected an official”.

Gase called the incident – which also resulted in the ejection of Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake after he slung a Buffalo helmet across the field – “embarrassing”.

Miami, which is now almost a lock to spend an early round (1st through 3rd round) draft pick on a wide receiver next month, will be relying upon Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker – who combined for 115 receptions compared to the 112 Landry had alone – to fill the void.

J.T. Wilcox
J.T. Wilcox is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked in South Florida for more than a decade. He authors "The Bald Predictions" blog and "The Baldcast" podcast.

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