Browns acquire franchised receiver Jarvis Landry from Dolphins
The Cleveland Browns’ roster overhaul just took another significant step forward.
Friday, the team agreed to a deal with the Miami Dolphins that gives Cleveland the rights to wide receiver Jarvis Landry in exchange for two draft picks, two people with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed. It's not yet clear what selections Miami will receiver, but Cleveland owns six of the top 65 choices in the upcoming draft.
The people requested anonymity because trades cannot become official until the NFL's new league year begins Wednesday.
Miami had already placed the franchise tag on Landry to avoid losing him on the free agent market. The Dolphins chose to use the non-exclusive tag in hopes of facilitating a trade.
A second-round pick out of LSU in 2014, Landry was set to earn nearly $16 million with the tag. Now the Browns are negotiating toward a multi-year deal with him.
Landry earned a base salary of $893,852 last year while recording career highs in catches (a league-best 112) and touchdowns (9). His 987 receiving yards ranked 17th in the NFL as he averaging just 8.8 yards per catch.
Landry will team with Josh Gordon to give Cleveland a dynamic receiving tandem. The Browns scored the fewest points in the NFL last season and didn't have a single receiver catch as many as 30 passes.
Now the question is who will throw the ball for the Browns. Cleveland holds the first and fourth picks in the first round.
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