If you have a pulse there’s a good chance that you were traded to the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
Jarvis Landry, Tyrod Taylor, Damarious Randall, it feels like the list is 100 players long. Whatever the case, good for the Brownies finding a way to utilize all of their capital.
It’s Jarvis Landry that is particularly interesting to us as Cowboys fans, though. We have a wide receiver in Dez Bryant who’s future has been debated just like Landry’s was, and in the interest of covering all bases it’s worth looking at the haul Landry pulled in for the Miami Dolphins.
In their frustrations a lot of people who are ready to move on from the Cowboys all-time leader in receiving touchdowns have said, “Just trade Dez to the Browns!”. Well the Miami Dolphins literally traded Jarvis to the factory of sadness.
The first question you have to ask yourself is whether or not you think Jarvis Landry is a better receiver than Dez. Without getting into a huge debate on the subject, there are a lot of statistics that back up the quality of receiver Jarvis Landry is. That’s all I’m saying.
With Ryan Tannehill, Jay Cutler and Matt Moore as his quarterbacks, Jarvis Landry has the most receptions ever for a player through his 1st four seasons - and it’s not close. ⬇️ list courtesy of @NFLResearch pic.twitter.com/rCyosyRG2K— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) February 21, 2018
In fact, since entering the NFL in 2014 Jarvis Landry has more yards and receptions than Dez in that time span. Bryant still has him beat on touchdowns, of course, because that’s Dez’s wheelhouse.
Contractually, Dez and Jarvis aren’t too far apart. As I’m sure you’re well-aware, the Cowboys are on the hook for $16.5M in 2018 for Dez. You also know that Jarvis Landry was given the franchise tag by the Dolphins before being traded, meaning his cap hit this season is just shy of $16M.
So let’s just say you, or an arbitrary NFL general manager, value them relatively equally. And considering the hyperbole of the offseason has been to trade Dez to the Browns and that Jarvis actually was, what did Miami fetch in return? The answer will shock you.
#Browns traded these picks for Landry: 4th rounder in 2018, 7th rounder in 2019— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 9, 2018
It needs to be reiterated that no one is saying Dez Bryant and Jarvis Landry are the same receiver or that one is necessarily undeniably greater than the other; however, considering the objective data at our disposal, this appears to be at least in the potential neighborhood of what Dallas could land for Dez.
While moving on from Dez via trade would relieve the Cowboys of their contractual obligations to him, a fourth- and seventh-round pick in 2018 and 2019 respectively is hardly worth making a big to-do about.
This is all hypothetical, but it does give us a bit of the market rate for a receiver of the caliber similar to Jarvis and Dez. That being said, looking at the compensation specifically, it’s hardly enough to talk yourself into doing it.