Should the Tennessee Titans pursue WR Jarvis Landry?
The Tennessee Titans could secure a sure-handed target for QB Marcus Mariota in free agency by signing WR Jarvis Landry.
The production of the 2017 Tennessee Titans receiver corps didn’t match what many expected. Granted, there were many factors that affected the production, but the bottom line is the group didn’t explode.
New additions included rookies Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor and veteran Eric Decker. The three new sets of hands were expected to provide QB Marcus Mariota with more weapons that would complement his go-to targets TE Delanie Walker and WR Rishard Matthews.
Whether or not Decker is on the roster next season is unknown at this point. Matthews’ cryptic social media messages have many wondering if he will be on the team, despite remaining under contract for one more season. Harry Douglas no longer has Mike Mularkey or Terry Robiskie in his corner, so he could be–and likely will be–gone.
Davis and Taylor could be the only locks at the wide receiver position. Tajae Sharpe missed all of last season due to injury. Sharpe developed into one of Mariota’s favorite targets during his rookie season in 2016. If Sharpe is still plagued by injuries, his roster spot could be up in the air.
The uncertainty at the position must be addressed, especially with the new offensive direction head coach Mike Vrabel and offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur have in mind.
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry will be a hot commodity this offseason. He should be a prime target for GM Jon Robinson once the bidding war begins.
Robinson is known for valuing production, and Landry is a producer. The four-year veteran has some of the best hands in the league.
Spending on Landry makes sense. His production in the league with the Miami Dolphins proves he can add production to any offense. His durability is not a concern and he’s got youth on his side. Signing Landry would benefit Mariota and the new offensive attack.
Landry has recently expressed frustration with how negotiations are going with Miami. The Titans should aggressively pursue Landry with some of their roster spots at receiver in question. Landry brings experience, Pro Bowl-level talent and a sticky pair of hands that could help elevate the Titans receiving corps to the next level.
What are the Odds
Landry will have a market and will likely go to the place that provides the right opportunity and the right financial compensation for his services. The question isn’t about whether or not Landry would make the team better, but more of how much the Titans are willing to pay.
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The Titans will likely make a conservative offer, which Landry will likely decline. In the event that Decker and Matthews (despite being under contract) aren’t on the team next season, the Titans would have to spend a little more on the wide receiver position.
Landry is looking for number one receiver money, or close to that. He’s not a bonafide number one receiver, but he is a solid two or three. A player like Landry could thrive in a new-look offense expected to be geared towards Mariota’s strengths.
The Titans will not be the team to offer Landry the most money, but they could be the team that offers him a fair compensation and a chance to be a part of a potentially high-powered offense that could contend for a championship in the not-so-distant future.
Delanie Walker already said he wants “Juice” in Nashville. If Landry has Walker’s seal of approval, how could the Titans go wrong by spending a little more?