I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen so much hype for a guy who barely averages 10 yards per reception for his career. You can’t log on to Titans’ Twitter or Titans’ Facebook without seeing 37,000 posts about how Jon Robinson needs to go acquire Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins.
Then there was the report that Landry wants to play for the Titans. That got everyone going all over again. Let’s step back from all the hype and take a look at the situation. I think we can all come to the conclusion that it would be dumb for the Titans to trade for Landry.
The first issue is the amount of money he’s going to be making. Landry is planning on signing the franchise tag which makes his salary for 2018 $16 million. You want to pay a guy $16 million that averages less yards per catch for his career than Justin Gage did? That doesn’t even take into consideration that whoever trades for him is going to have to sign him to a long-term deal.
Then there is the fact that you have to give up a pick to acquire him. Now, given that everyone in the world knows the Dolphins are going to trade Landry, I doubt they will get a huge return, but it would still be at least one less pick the Titans would have in 2018. They only have 6 picks to begin with.
You also have to consider what it does to the other receivers on your roster. Brining in Landry would bury guys like Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe. Of course neither of those guys have matched Landry’s production in the NFL yet, but I would love to see them get the chance to do that. I honestly believe that especially Taylor has the ability to be an even better, more explosive player in the slot.
The Titans have plenty of guys that are crafty and can get open. They need to get more explosive on offense. Bringing in Landry doesn’t help them do that. In fact, it actually hinders that because Landry would be on the field instead of Taylor.
So while it is fun to talk about the Titans acquiring every player that is available, it would actually be a bad move for them to trade for Jarvis Landry. Time to move on.