The Cleveland Browns have struck separate deals to acquire three-time Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins and quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple reports Friday.
Cleveland continued its trading spree by also adding some defensive help, as it reportedly will acquire cornerback Damarious Randall from the Green Bay Packers. The trades can’t be formally announced until Wednesday, the start of the NFL’s new year.
Miami will reportedly receive two draft picks — one in the 2018 draft, another in 2019 — for Landry, the first player to catch 400 passes over his first four NFL seasons. Meanwhile, Cleveland will send a third-round pick (No. 65 overall) to the Bills for Taylor.
It wasn’t immediately known what the Packers received from Cleveland in the deal for Randall.
Taylor is entering the final season of his contract, and Buffalo had shown no inclination to sign him to a new deal.
Taylor is due a $6 million roster bonus next week and is slated to receive $10 million in salary in 2018.
The 28-year-old Taylor passed for 2,799 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions last season. He had been Buffalo’s starter for the majority of the past three seasons and threw for 8,857 yards, 51 touchdowns and 16 interceptions while also rushing for 14 touchdowns in that time.
Landry, 25, reportedly signed his franchise tag with the Dolphins on Thursday and is slated to earn about $16 million this season unless the Browns work toward a long-term contract.
As the deal began being reported, Landry made a post on Twitter that indicated things were “about to get SERIOUS.”
The Dolphins have been shopping Landry despite his high level of production because they were far apart in contract negotiations.
Landry clashed at times with controlling coach Adam Gase and was ripped by Gase after being ejected in the fourth quarter of the season finale against the Buffalo Bills.
Landry made $894,000 when he led the NFL with 112 receptions in 2017 but fell short of 1,000 yards by 13. He also caught a career-high nine touchdowns.
In 2017, all Browns wide receivers combined for 134 receptions and seven receiving TDs.
Randall, 25, intercepted four passes last season and has nabbed 10 in three NFL campaigns. He has returned two for scores, one in 2015 and one last season.
–Field Level Media