The Miami Dolphins are prepared to franchise tag superstar wide receiver Jarvis Landry. However, if you have been following the recent story between Landry and the Dolphins, you will probably know that his time with the team is coming to an end as it seems that he wants to be on a team where he can compete. One of the top receivers in the NFL could be playing in different colors this August.
Landry has taken the NFL by storm since the Dolphins drafted him in 2014 as he has recorded over 4,000 yards and 22 touchdowns in four seasons. He would certainly be a huge addition to any team in the NFL, but there are a few places he would be the best fit. Let’s take a look at the top five landing spots for Jarvis Landry going into the 2018 NFL season.
The Chicago Bears have been looking for a great wide receiver ever since they learned that West Virginia’s Kevin White was going to be too much of an injury problem and Alshon Jeffery left town after the 2016 season. They certainly need to start building around Mitchell Trubisky, who they took with the second pick in the 2017 draft. Jarvis Landry would certainly be a huge pickup for the Bears and new head coach Matt Nagy.
Speaking of Nagy, he would know how to use Landry to his full effectiveness after his experience with Tyreek Hill in Kansas City. Hill is one of the most exciting players in the NFL and Landry is very comparable to the Chiefs’ top playmaker. The Bears would bring in one of the best players in the league if they somehow land the Dolphin.
Joe Flacco struggled mightily during the 2017 season after having a career year in 2016, but that could be because the Ravens have been without a top receiving target recently. Jarvis Landry would be big pickup for Flacco and could be the weapon they are missing. Landry was the top receptions target in 2017 and would likely get as many targets in the Ravens’ offense in 2018.
The Ravens top receiving targets in 2017 were Mike Wallace and Benjamin Watson, two players who will likely be retiring in the very near future. After those two, Jeremy Maclin, another aging veteran, was their next top receiver with just over 400 yards. The Ravens desperately need a new target and Landry would certainly be that player.
The Carolina Panthers seemed to have a superstar in the making when they drafted Kelvin Benjamin in 2014. Benjamin recorded 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns his rookie season before missing the 2015 season with a knee injury, but returned in 2016 to have another good season with 941 yards and seven scores in 13 games. He seemed to struggle through the 2017 season, so the Panthers traded him to the Buffalo Bills, leaving Cam Newton without a top primary target.
It is pretty clear that the Panthers will be looking to add Benjamin’s replacement in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Jarvis Landry can be a top target for the team and allow them to address other issues in April. Landry would be a huge addition to the team. Devin Funchess seems to be the team’s next big thing and Christian McCaffrey is going to be a great weapon on the ground and through the air, but Landry will give them a versatile weapon to use on offense and special teams.
New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara is going to be the focal point of the New Orleans Saints for years to come, but Drew Brees is still going to be with the team for at least the next year and he needs a new weapon. Jarvis Landry would be able to come in and play a Brandin Cooks type role as he is a huge deep threat. Having Landry on the field would take the pressure off of Kamara and Ingram a little.
Michael Thomas is the team’s top receiver, but having a deep threat like Landry would allow the Saints to get Thomas open on slants and short routes. It would also be beneficial to Coby Fleener, who the Saints seemed to invest a ton in. Fleener would be able to get out in the flats more often and make big plays for Brees in the redzone.
New York Giants
It is easier to look at what isn’t a need for the New York Giants at this point. While wide receiver probably isn’t the top need on the team’s list right now, it would be a crime to not look at the possibility of having Jarvis Landry team up with his old LSU teammate Odell Beckham Jr. Now, some may see this as a case of having too many superstar players, but the Giants probably aren’t too worried about that at this point.
Landry would be a big get for the Giants as they are wanting to rebuild their offense to either give Eli Manning something to work with in his last few seasons or to build around their quarterback of the future, who they will likely draft with the second pick in next month’s draft.