4. Jarvis Landry
Some people had mixed feelings about trading for Jarvis Landry, but he was necessary. The team knew they were drafting a quarterback and they needed a number one receiver. What they got was maybe the best slot receiver in the league, who would lead them in targets (149), receptions (81) and receiving yards (976).
Almost immediately after the Browns traded for Landry, they gave him the contract extension that Miami had been hesitant to give, without even taking a snap; 5 years at $75 million, with $47 million guaranteed.
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He definitely lived up to his money in year one. He was Baker Mayfield’s most targeted receiver, bring Landry to his 2nd best season for yards per reception with 12.0 and becoming another one of the Browns Pro Bowl alternate.
Expect going forward for Landry to keep being the Browns top receiver. Who knows? Maybe the Browns have their next future Hall-of-Famer.
3. Damarious Randall
I loved the Landry move but the move to trade for Damarious Randall was the most important move that wasn’t a draft pick. The corner from Ball So Hard University has become a cornerstone piece for so many reasons.
Damarious Randall had been a solid corner for Green Bay but the Packers got an offer that made both sides happy. As a result, many things happened due to the trade:
– The Browns were able to get rid of Deshone Kizer
– The Packers got a ‘better’ backup quarterback
– Damarious Randall was able to go back to his natural free safety spot
– It allowed Jabril Peppers to move to his natural strong safety spot and improved greatly in year two.
Now the Browns have one of the best safeties in football on their team and it only cost them Kizer and some swapped picks. Cleveland needs players like Randall with swagger and confidence moving forward. Just like our next newest Brown.