Jarvis Landry, Browns Officially Agree to Extension Reportedly Worth $75.5M

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 11:  Jarvis Landry #14 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates their 27 to 20 win over the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on December 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns and wide receiver Jarvis Landry officially agreed to a contract extension on Friday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Thursday the two sides were close to a deal.

Rapoport added Landry will receive $75.5 million over the course of the agreement, with $47 million guaranteed. 

Landry, who Cleveland acquired from the Miami Dolphins for a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2019 seventh-round selection, previously signed the franchise tag that would have paid him nearly $16 million in 2018. If he didn’t agree to a new deal, he would have been able to test unrestricted free agency next spring.

Instead, Landry appears set for an extended stay in Cleveland.

That willingness to stick around is great news for the Browns, who now have an ideal underneath complement to vertical threat Josh Gordon. 

Arguably the league’s most polished inside route-runner, Landry has established himself as a possession receiver of the highest order since making his NFL debut in 2014. Over the past four seasons, the 25-year-old has posted 400 catches for 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns while racking up a whopping 570 targets. 

According to Pro Football Reference, Landry, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones are the only players with at least 400 receptions and 4,000 yards receiving dating back to 2014. 

“It’s very hard to find,” Landry said of quality slot wideouts back in January, per the Palm Beach Post‘s Joe Schad. “I think being in the slot, it’s not so much as being a good slot receiver. It’s having instincts for the game. Knowing your coverages like the back of your hand. Understanding that you’re going to have to make contact catches, because you’re there in the mix.”

While Landry isn’t going to change the complexion of Cleveland’s offense by himself, he should allow head coach Hue Jackson to diversify the Browns’ scheme and pressure defenses in creative ways. And he’ll provide another weapon in the passing game for the team’s quarterback, whether that ends up being veteran Tyrod Taylor or a rookie Cleveland selects during the upcoming NFL draft.

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