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Accompanied by the enthusiasm he hopes will help turn around the franchise’s fortunes, wide receiver Jarvis Landry officially signed his contract extension Friday with the Cleveland Browns.

“I’m excited for the journey with my new teammates and building, one day at a time, starting with the offseason program on Monday,” Landry told Andrew Gribble of the team’s official website after inking the deal. “Let’s be great, Cleveland.”

The Browns didn’t reveal the terms of the contract, but it’s reportedly a five-year agreement worth $75.5 million.

Landry comes to Cleveland after four seasons with the Miami Dolphins, where he made three Pro Bowls and cemented himself as one of the top possession receivers in the league. He led the NFL in catches a year ago, and was traded to the Browns in March, shortly after receiving the franchise tag from Miami.

“Jarvis Landry is the type of football player we want on this team for a long time,” Browns 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.”

The Browns hope the addition of Landry will help ignite a team that went 0-16 last year, and has just one win over the past two seasons. The receiver is just one of several notable offseason acquisitions Cleveland has made.

“When you have a group of guys as talented as Josh GordonCorey ColemanTyrod (Taylor)Carlos Hyde and the numerous other guys, we are bound to make a splash here,” Landry added.

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The Browns may finally have locked onto their savior.

An anonymous AFC executive told MMQB’s Albert Breerthat they believe Cleveland will draft former USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the first overall pick in April.

“He’s going No. 1,” the executive said after Darnold’s workout at his pro day Wednesday. “Everyone out there today saw the Browns’ franchise quarterback.”

Darnold has long been in contention to become the top overall pick, with fellow quarterback Josh Rosen and running back Saquon Barkley also in the mix.

However, it appears the Browns have their sights set on the young but hugely talented Darnold, who would benefit from a year on the bench behind 2018 starter Tyrod Taylor.

Following his retirement from the NFL, former Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has already started on his next career move.

The future Hall of Famer has auditioned for broadcast roles at Fox and ESPN, sources told Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. In particular, Fox was “very impressed” by Thomas, adds Marchand.

Thomas has been known for his clear analysis and honesty about the game with reporters and on social media during his playing career and began podcasting with former teammate Andrew Hawkins in January.

Fox has also reportedly been interested in adding Peyton Manning and Jason Witten to their team this offseason.

Jarvis Landry is one of several new members of the Browns following Cleveland’s dramatic flurry of trades, and although Landry’s time with the Dolphins didn’t exactly end cleanly, the pass-catcher is at peace with his time in Miami.

“The four years that I did have to have the opportunity to play for the Miami Dolphins, I left it all there,” Landry told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I don’t have any regrets about that.”

The Dolphins franchise-tagged Landry after a long standoff regarding a big-money extension, then opted to flip him for a 2018 fourth-round draft pick and 2019 seventh-rounder instead of opening their checkbook.

“As stressful as it may seem, I try to enjoy it and I’m happy. I’m happy,” Landry said. “I can live with whatever has happened because I know that I gave it my all the whole time.”

Landry was the league leader in catches (112) last season and will provide either Tyrod Taylor or an incoming rookie quarterback with a security blanket over the middle of the field.

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is “firmly in the mix” to be taken No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns after dominating the combine, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

He would be the first running back taken at the top of the draft since the Cincinnati Bengals took Ki-Jana Carter – also of Penn State – in 1995.

Barkley has long been considered the premier prospect at his position but helped force his way into the conversation – which has been dominated by quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen – by producing a great 40-yard dash time and vertical leap.

It remains a question of positional value for Cleveland, however. The Browns have been highly criticized for passing on quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz in years past, so taking a player like Barkley, who plays what’s perceived as one of the lesser-valued positions, could be a risk.

Barkley lit up his final year in college, racking up 1,271 rushing yards, 271 receiving yards, and 21 total touchdowns.

Baker Mayfield hopes to distance himself from Johnny Manziel, but he doesn’t mind following his path to the NFL.

Speaking Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine, Mayfield said he wouldn’t mind being selected by the Cleveland Browns, and even relishes the opportunity to help the downtrodden franchise.

“If anyone’s gonna turn them around, it’s me,” Mayfield said at his media availability. “They’re close.”

Manziel was a first-round draft choice by the Browns in 2014, but flamed out after two NFL seasons.

Mayfield believes he’s among the most talented quarterbacks available in this year’s draft.

“I’m the most accurate quarterback in this draft, by far,” he said.

The Cleveland Browns are not done yet.

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly traded quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Browns for a third-round draft pick (No. 65 overall) in 2018, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Taylor’s trade comes just hours after the Browns agreed to a trade bringing Jarvis Landry to Cleveland.

ESPN’s Mike Rodak reports the deal will become official on Wednesday March 14, at which point Buffalo will save $10.44 million against its cap and will not have to pay the quarterback’s $6-million roster bonus.

Taylor started 14 games for the Bills in 2017, completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

Cleveland’s acquisition of Taylor creates some intrigue at the top of the upcoming NFL Draft, with the Browns holding the first and fourth overall picks. The team could still target a quarterback, but could go in another direction if the top options aren’t appealing.

As for the Bills, the trade leaves Nathan Peterman as their only quarterback currently under contract. The team owns six draft picks in the first three rounds, thus are strong candidates to trade up for one of the top quarterback prospects.