Jarvis Landry is here for the long haul.
The fifth-year receiver, who recently came to Cleveland via trade with the Miami Dolphins, signed a contract extension Friday that will make him a core piece of the Browns' offense for years to come.
"I have never believed in luck because I have always believed in God. What God has for you, no other man can take, stop or have," Landry said.
"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. Jerry Rice said the thing that made him so great was the fear of failure. 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, John Dorsey, 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."
A 2013 second-round pick out of LSU, Landry, 25, topped 80 catches in each of his first four seasons, racking up the third-most receptions (400) in the NFL during that stretch. No player in NFL history caught more passes in his first four seasons than Landry, who beat Anquan Boldin's previous record by 58. He broke the Dolphins' franchise record this past season with 112 catches, a career-high that led the NFL, and his totals in 2015 (110) and 2016 (94) rank second and third on Miami's all-time list.
"Jarvis Landry is the type of football player we want on this team for a long time," General Manager John 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."
Landry cleared 1,000 yards in 2015 and 2016, his first two of three Pro Bowl seasons. He posted a career-best 1,157 yards in 2015 and has his best yards-per-catch average (12.1) in 2016.
In 2017, Landry was the only player to catch at least five passes in all 16 games and became just the fourth player in NFL history to do so. His nine touchdowns were a career high, led the Dolphins and was good for a tie for third among the league's wide receivers. Twenty-eight of his 112 catches came on third down and he produced 60 first downs.
The Browns acquired Landry last month in a trade with the Dolphins, one of four the team executed at the start of the league year. In exchange for Landry, whom the Dolphins initially placed their franchise tag upon, the Browns sent a 2018 fourth-round pick (No. 123) and a 2019 seventh-rounder.
"His nickname is Juice, Juice Landry. He does have juice," Browns coach Hue Jackson said shortly after Landry arrived in Cleveland. "He is a tremendous football player. Obviously, his stats speak for themselves. He is a proven football player in the building who has a lot of intensity and a lot of pride about what he does. We are looking for that to show here for our football team."
Landry promises to be a key cog in a Browns offense that will have new faces across the field, including veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back Carlos Hyde. He joins a wide receiving corps that is set to return Pro Bowler Josh Gordon and third-year, former first-round pick Corey Coleman.
"When you have a group of guys as talented as Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, Tyrod, Carlos Hyde and the numerous other guys," Landry said, "we are bound to make a splash here."