Receiver Jarvis Landry hasn’t caught a pass, practiced, played a game or even met most of his teammates since joining the Browns in a trade March 14.
He has cashed in.
The Browns and Landry finalized a five-year extension through 2022 worth approximately $75.5 million with $47 million guaranteed. The three-time Pro Bowler signed the deal Friday night.
“I have never believed in luck because I have always believed in God,” he said in the news release. “What God has for you, no other man can take, stop or have.
“I’ve always dreamed of two things: taking care of my family and playing football. I’ve become a product of hard work, sacrifice, persistence and mental toughness.”
At an average of $15.1 million a year, the contract places Landry, 25, fifth among the highest-paid wideouts in the NFL. He trails only Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown ($17 million a season), Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans ($16.5 million), Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins ($16.2 million) and Kansas City’s Sammy Watkins ($16 million). He’s the highest-paid slot receiver.
Landry, who had been scheduled to play 2018 on the $16 million franchise tag, was acquired from the Dolphins in exchange for a fourth-round pick (No. 123 overall) this year and a seventh-rounder in 2019. Landry (5-foot-11, 196) was a second-round pick (No. 63) of the Dolphins in 2014 and compiled huge numbers in his four seasons.
He caught 400 passes, the most in NFL history for a player in his first four seasons, 58 more than runner-up Anquan Boldin. He has 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns in 64 games.
He led the NFL with 112 catches last year, adding a career-high nine touchdowns, and has been picked for the Pro Bowl the last three seasons.
Only Brown and Atlanta’s Julio Jones have more catches since 2014, and he’s the first player since Lydell Mitchell in 1978 to change teams after leading the league in catches.
“Jerry Rice said the thing that made him so great was the fear of failure,” Landry said. “I’ve been afraid of failure my whole life. I’ve endured my share, but in each and every discomforting time I’ve failed, I’ve also grown, I’ve also learned, I’ve also found success. Even in this moment I can’t take credit, my mother, my family, my coaches and countless other people have played a major part in the person you see today.
“I want to thank the Cleveland Browns organization, Coach Hue (Jackson), (general manager) John Dorsey, (owners) Dee and Jimmy Haslam for making me family and Cleveland, Ohio, home. I’m excited for the journey with my new teammates and building, one day at a time, starting with the offseason program on Monday. Let’s be great, Cleveland.”
The trade for Landry was the first big move for Dorsey after he was hired in December. The plan then was to sign him to an extension.
“Jarvis Landry is the type of football player we want on this team for a long time,” Dorsey said. “Obviously, he’s an accomplished playmaker, that’s why we went after him in the trade, but in his short time as a Brown we can already see the type of leadership and competitiveness he’s going to bring to his teammates. We are very pleased that we’ve been able to secure him to a long-term contract.”