BREAKING: Miami Dolphins trade away Jarvis Landry

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is gone. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

No wide receiver in NFL history has more catches in his first four seasons than Jarvis Landry.

And now, Landry is gone.

The Miami Dolphins traded away Landry on Friday, according to a league source, sending him to the Cleveland Browns for draft picks.

Landry exceeded expectations as a second-round draft choice out of LSU in 2014.

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The three greatest reception seasons in Dolphins history were turned in by Landry, who endeared himself to the fan base with his trademark style of effort, determination and competitiveness.

As a rookie, Landry posted 84 catches. In 2015, 110 catches.

In 2016, Landry nabbed 94 catches. And then in 2017, Landry led the entire league with 112 catches.

But it wasn’t enough to keep Landry in South Florida, where he so badly hoped to stay.

The Dolphins franchise-tagged Landry, because they didn’t want to lose him to free agency with no compensation. But the odds that Landry would play on the one-year contract worth around $16 million were slim.

And Miami didn’t seem determined to lock Landry, 25, up on a four- or five-year contract. Though a source said Miami at one point early in the process offered Landry around $13.5 million and season and Landry sought around $14.5 million a season, no compromise could be reached.

It was about money, but not only about money.

The Dolphins worried about Landry’s sometimes volatile temperament. And they also wished he would show greater attention to detail, on and off the field at times.

Although it was largely a product of what he was asked to do in Miami’s offense, Landry had only 8.8 yards per reception in 2017 and averaged 10.1 yards per reception over his career.

One positive is that Landry scored nine touchdowns last season, far more than any other in his career.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase was almost always an advocate of Landry, and even a defender of Landry.

Asked at the recent NFL Scouting Combine about the void that would be left by Landry, Gase did not downplay his contribution.

“I think anytime you have a player that’s really been elite at his spot, if that guy’s not there, we found this out last year, at least we felt at the quarterback position it makes a big difference and you have to make adjustments,” Gase said. “That’s why we’re trying to make sure we put this team together the right way.”

The Dolphins had allowed Landry and his agent, Damarius Bilbo, to inquire about which teams would be willing partners in a sign-and-trade. Among the teams that emerged as contenders were the Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns.

Some of the teams Landry would have been enthusiastic about playing for were not interested in giving Miami compensation as well as making Landry one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL.

Landry was described by some as a wide receiver in a running backs body, and with a running back mentality. Landry, listed at 5-foot-11, 208 pounds, sometimes made plays that seemed improbable for a man of his size.

Landry never shied away from contact, was a willing blocker and had a propensity to make thrilling one-handed catches, like his close friend Odell Beckham, Jr., of the New York Giants.

At times Landry lost control of his emotions. He drew fines. And ejection. And Miami was hoping that all that would not have a negative impact on their desire for him to take an increased leadership role.

In four seasons, Landry emerged as a favorite of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. But in those four seasons, Miami never won a playoff game.

Landry had 102 receiving yards in a loss at Pittsburgh at the end of the 2016 season.

Fearless, Landry asked Miami to remain on punt and kickoff returns, even after he became a Pro Bowler. Landry has been a Pro Bowler for three consecutive seasons.

The Dolphins will need a long-awaited breakout season from DeVante Parker and even more production from Kenny Stills. Surely Miami will look to add a capable slot receiver in free agency or the NFL Draft.

Landry will go down as one of the greatest receivers in Dolphins history, mentioned fairly in the same breath as legends Mark Clayton, Mark Duper and Nat Moore.

Landry wanted to end his career in Miami.

But NFL stories rarely end in fairy tale fashion.

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