Why Jarvis Landry wouldn’t be a perfect fit with Washington Redskins
The case against Jarvis Landry
There’s no denying that Landry is a talented NFL wide receiver. In his first four NFL seasons, he has 400 catches for 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns. He’s also a great return specialist and he’s a high volume pass catcher. He led the league in receptions this past year with 112 despite working with Jay Cutler, Matt Moore, and David Fales at quarterback. That’s a fairly impressive feat.
The main problem with bringing in Landry is that he’s a bit too similar to Jamison Crowder. Both guys tend to play in the slot a lot and neither is a perfect fit as an outside receiver. Granted, both are capable of functioning outside, but they are most effective when working the middle of the field. For that reason, having Landry on the roster as a top slot option may be a bit redundant, as it would take away from Crowder’s potential effectiveness. And playing him outside could work, but he’s not as proven there.
Also, it’s worth noting that Landry is probably going to get paid a lot of money this offseason. Given his high volume of production and the desperate need for certain receiving corps across the NFL, Landry will definitely command an eight-figure salary and could receive a boatload of money.
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Consider this. DeSean Jackson, a 1,000 yard receiver with great speed and playmaking ability but on the down swing of his career, signed a three year, $33.5 million deal last offseason to join the Buccaneers as a No. 2 receiver. Considering that Landry could be a possible No. 1 wide-out, albeit out of the slot for the most part, he will almost certainly command more money on the open market.
The most recent receiver contracts inked, Davante Adams and Alshon Jeffery, each saw the players get four year deals with $14.5 million and $13 million annually as expected. Both are No. 1 options for their respective teams, and that seems to be the market that Landry would fit into. A team desperate for receiver help will likely give him a comparable deal. The teams that come to mind are the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals.
Because of the investment needed to acquire Landry and his fit on the roster with Crowder, it might be best for the Redskins to stay away from Landry. There are some other quality, young receivers that the team could take a chance on in the open market. Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins come to mind as options, and both may agree to short term, “prove it” deals as Robinson was hurt for all of 2017 and Watkins had merely a decent year in the Rams dynamic offense.