Not long after the Miami Dolphins issued the franchise tag for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, there are reports that they have a trade partner in mind—and it’s none other than the Cleveland Browns.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said that the Browns have traded two draft picks for Landry. Schefter later went into more detail after that to say the picks are not 1st or 2nd round picks.
NFL Network Reporter Ian Rapoport says the picks are a 2018 pick and a 2019 pick.
As for why Landry choose the Browns? Rapoport says it’s because the Browns will be working on a new deal. Also, it’s because they have a quarterback, or will have one following the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Browns missed out on the Jimmy Garoppolo trade that ended with the San Francisco 49ers acquiring the quarterback from the New England Patriots for a 2nd round pick—considerably less than the Browns were willing to give. They also failed to secure a trade that would have sent Cincinnati Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron to the Browns. Then there was the Alex Smith trade with the Kansas City Chiefs that they tried to get in on and walked away with nothing while Washington received the quarterback. Given the profile of player, the fact the Browns succeeded in completing a trade means some sort of congratulations are in order.
So finally, the Browns pulled off a blockbuster trade. It will be interesting to see what happens with Josh Gordon following this trade.
Update: Looks like the Browns may not rework the deal and keep him for one year.
The #Browns assume the $16M, one-year contract for Jarvis Landry, and the two sides have not included a long-term extension as part of this deal. They will likely talk, but Landry could also simply play on the 1-year deal, see how Todd Haley uses him, and cash in next offseason— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2018