The Miami Dolphins are looking to tag-and-trade WR Jarvis Landry. Will GM Jon Robinson use his negation skills to bring another playmaker to the Music City for Mariota and the Tennessee Titans?
GM Jon Robinson has been known for being on the right side of negotiations since joining the Tennessee Titans. Could Jarvis Landry be his next acquisition?
Two offseasons ago, Robinson managed to trade for DeMarco Murray by simply swapping fourth round picks with the Philadelphia Eagles. Murray would resurrect his career by becoming one of the top rushers in the 2016 season.
Robinson cut bait with WR Dorial Green-Beckham and landed depth for the offensive line in swing tackle Dennis Kelly. Initially, the deal was a head-scratcher. Now, it looks like a stroke of genius.
Surely, Robinson won’t be able to pull another Murray-esque deal with Miami to bring in Landry, right? If any GM can pull it off, it’s Robinson.
If Landry does wind up finding a home in Nashville, it could have the same kind of impact the Murray acquisition had in 2016. A key factor is Landry’s chemistry with former Dolphins teammate Rishard Matthews.
Landry–who’s been active in all of his 64 regular season games–played 25 games with Matthews. The two emerged as one of the premier receiving duos during Landry’s sophomore season in Miami.
In two seasons, Landry and Matthews produced 249 receptions, 2,712 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. The bulk of the yards came from Landry, but Matthews’ emergence into the Dolphins’ starting receiving group didn’t happen until 2015, his final season with the team.
It’s interesting to note that QB Ryan Tannehill had back-to-back 4,000+ yard seasons when he had Landry and Matthews in his arsenal. In the two years with the Landry-Matthews combo, Tannehill tossed 51 touchdowns to 24 interceptions. Those two seasons remain Tannehill’s best career marks to date.
Landry, Matthews, a healthy Corey Davis and a properly used Taywan Taylor would be a volcanic receiving corps.
With OC Matt LaFleur aiming to unveil the true potential of QB Marcus Mariota, this could be a welcome addition that will pay huge dividends.
Deal or No Deal
Robinson will not give up a compromising amount of draft capital to bring Landry into the fold. If Robinson does have interest, he’ll propose a fair (or seemingly fair) deal that will have the Titans’ best interests in mind.
If Miami’s price is too rich, Robinson will hang up the phone and will not have the burden of regret had he not tried at all. If Landry commits to re-signing with the Titans, odds are the deal could happen. If Landry won’t commit, it’s likely Robinson won’t either.
The chances of a Landry-Matthews reunion could be on the horizon. Mariota and the Titans offense will reap all the benefits.