With reports of the Cleveland Browns wanting to trade for a wide receiver to bolster the group and the Dolphins opened to listen on offers for Jarvis Landry, I smell a potential trade before week one of the regular season.
First off, the Cleveland Browns bolstered their receiving corps this off-season by signing former Rams receiver Kenny Britt. If they trade for the slot specialist (Landry), the Browns would give rookie DeShone Kizer a solid group of wide receivers that would be headlined by veteran Kenny Britt, 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman, and Pro-Bowler Jarvis Landry, plus the rest of the group includes Ricardo Louis, Rashard Higgins, Mario Alford, and Jordan Payton.
Interestingly, Jarvis Landry is a chain mover and in his career, the 24-year old wide receiver has averaged 10.6 yards per catch, which shows that he picks up first downs on almost every ball he catches. That would expand and make the Browns offense more explosive.
In addition, The Dolphins head coach Adam Gase does not seem to value the slot position and does not think it is a position, which could be a reason Landry could be on the move.
Another factor of Landry landing on the trading block could be that Landry is set to become a free agent after this year and that he could be facing a suspension from the league, if his battery accusation comes back that he committed the crime.
Also, it seems that the Miami Dolphins value DeVante Parker more, as he is a true outside threat. He will be easier and cheaper to re-sign over Jarvis Landry.
Now, the Browns have the cap space to re-sign the former LSU product and draft compensation to acquire Landry. The Browns own two 2018 first-round picks, plus three second-rounders, one third-rounder, and two fourth-rounders in next year’s draft and have almost $55 mil in cap space available to spend.
A potential return for the Dolphins could be for a second-round pick for Landry or maybe one of their young receivers in Ricardo Louis or Rashard Higgins and a third-round pick.
Overall, these two teams seem to have a reason to tango with and hopefully it goes through, as it will work out for both teams.
Jarvis Landry’s Career Stats: 48 games, 288 receptions, 3,051 receiving yards, 13 receiving touchdowns, two Pro-Bowl appearances.
Note: Michael Lombardi of the Ringer reports that the Dolphins are willing to listen on offers for Landry. Tony Grossi of ESPN reports that the Browns are looking in the market for a receiver.