Jarvis Landry will play for the Browns this season after he was traded from Miami for a fourth-round pick in 2018 and a seventh-round pick in 2019. That sounds cheap for a receiver who led the NFL in receptions in 2017 with 112 and has the most receptions through the first four years of his career with 400, but the Browns had to pay him, which they did -- $75.5 million over five years. With the Browns, Landry should play a similar role to what he had with the Dolphins. The difference will be fewer targets (he's had at least 132 in each of the past three seasons) and getting used to a new quarterback in Tyrod Taylor (to start) and eventually Baker Mayfield. Landry is part of a talented receiving corps in Cleveland with Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, Duke Johnson and David Njoku, and he should see a downturn in stats, especially coming off a career-best nine touchdowns in 2017. Most likely, Landry will remain a high-volume receiver with minimal yards and touchdowns. He's worth drafting as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in standard leagues in Round 6 and a No. 2 option in PPR in Round 4.
Landry operated as a starter in two-receiver formations at June minicamp, shifting over to the slot in three-wide sets, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. This mimics what Landry did in Miami, where his previous team's heavy reliance on spread formations allowed him to take approximately two-thirds of his snaps inside. The Browns will likely be a bit more balanced than the Dolphins when it comes to deciding between a second tight end or a third wide receiver, but it's still a good bet that Landry plays more than half his snaps from the slot. Landry and Josh Gordon are expected to stay on the field the vast majority of the time, with either Corey Coleman or Antonio Callaway (groin) coming on for three-wide formations. Landry will have a hard time approaching the target volume he earned in Miami, but Gordon's presence downfield could open up more room to operate on short and intermediate routes.
Landry is poised to sign a five-year, $75.5 million contract extension with the Browns, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Per the report, Landry's deal would include $47 million in guaranteed money. It's the sort of financial commitment that cements the pass catcher's status as a cornerstone of a rebuilding Browns franchise. The 25-year-old, who hauled in 112 passes for 987 yards and nine TDs for the Dolphins in 2017, will be joining returnees Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman in an intriguing wide receiver group that is slated to catch passes from QB Tyrod Taylor. Of course, with Landry in it for the long haul, he'll presumably be working with another signal-caller down the road, with the Browns almost assuredly slated to take a QB in the first round of this month's NFL draft.
Landry's agent has talked with the Bears and Ravens, among others, about a potential trade for the wide receiver, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. With no long-term deal expected in Miami, the 25-year-old slot receiver will sign the franchise tag and hope his agent can find a trade with a team that's willing to give Landry the type of contract he's seeking. Baltimore and Chicago would be promising destinations in terms of maintaining his lofty target volume, as both teams have a glaring lack of receiving talent on their current rosters. No trade can officially go through until the new league year begins March 14.
Landry will sign a franchise tag with the Dolphins on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Rapoport assumes this is a signal that a trade is on the horizon since the Dolphins and Landry couldn't agree to a long-term deal. In 16 games last season, the LSU product hauled in a league-best 112 receptions for 987 yards and 13 touchdowns. Landry is an elite talent, but his yards per catch dropped from 12.08 to 8.81 between the 2016 and 2017 seasons, respectively, while he failed to record a 100-yard game in the latter season. Still, the asking price for Landry hovers around two first-round picks, and it'll be exciting to see the extent of his potential if he's traded and matched with a high-caliber quarterback -- something he hasn't had during his four-season stint in Miami.
Landry has been given permission to seek and facilitate a trade from the Dolphins, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. After failing to agree to a long-term extension, the Dolphins placed a $16.2 million franchise tag on Landry last week, but that doesn't guarantee the wideout will call Miami home come Week 1. It was initially believed that any trade for Landry would have to involve two first-round draft picks, but it has been reported that the Dolphins' asking price has lowered. Landry is coming off an NFL-leading 112-catch season, to go along with 987 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 16 games.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|3||09/21||New York Jets||19||20.00|
|6||10/14||Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|7||10/21||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
|9||11/04||Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
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