Ravens Still A Top Landing Spot For Jarvis Landry
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One of the main goals for the Baltimore Ravens front office this off-season was to complete a major overhaul of the wide receiver position. After a disappointing 2017 campaign for the highly confident group made up of Maclin, Wallace, and Perriman the Ravens find themselves in the same position as this time last year. Searching for much needed weapons to support eleventh year quarterback Joe Flacco. In Steve Bisciotti’s end of the year press conference he announced that the team will be very aggressive in the free agent market, specifically with the available receivers. This years market showcased some very good guys at the position, including Allen Robinson, Sammy Watkins, and of course the golden ticket of the crop, Jarvis Landry.
Before the off-season began luring Landry to Baltimore was nothing more than a pipe dream. Announcing a contract demand of more than sixteen million a season, that seemed to put any rumors to rest on the Landry hype train here in the 410. But after Bisciotti’s presser, current Ravens safeties Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson’s impressive recruitment techniques on Twitter, and Baltimore restaurant, Jimmy’s Seafood’s “free crab cakes for life” offer, that dream returned to the minds of fans and gave us a glimmer of hope that we may still of had a chance. And then the Miami Dolphins decided to burst all of Baltimore’s bubbles and franchise tag the LSU product to a sixteen million dollar salary. Again all hope had seemed to be lost and the Ravens would again have to turn their attention to the lower valued receivers on the market.
That was until recently when the Dolphins announced that they were looking for trade partners for the star receiver. Once again the Ravens’ name reappeared on the Jarvis Landry sweepstakes radar. Last season the Ravens attempted to acquire Landry, but could not reach an agreement with Miami. They will have their second chance at nabbing the sure handed receiver in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, ESPN’s Jamison Hensley reported that many NFL insiders believe the Ravens are the top landing spot for Landry. The Ravens have very little cap space as of now, so in order for an agreement to happen, Landry would have to agree to a contract extension with the Ravens in order to back end his cap hit. Another route for Baltimore could be to create more space before attempting to acquire Jarvis by restructuring some of the larger cap hits for this upcoming season, in particular defensive tackle Brandon Williams, safety Tony Jefferson, and/or quarterback Joe Flacco. While it is not known what the Dolphins’ asking price for Landry is, I would speculate that two draft picks would suffice, maybe something such as a second and fourth, or a third and fifth.
ESPN's Insiders peg Ravens as the favorite to trade for Jarvis Landry https://t.co/VBkUuOADRa
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) March 1, 2018
Is Landry worth that seeing as though the Ravens have a surplus of other major holes to fill? That is remained to be seen, but acquiring Landry would be a major stepping stone in improving this offense from it’s disappointing 2017 campaign.