The Dolphins surprising move to franchise tag Jarvis Landry on the first day team's were allowed to tag players has thrown a major wrench into 2018 free agency. This move could impact the Jaguars in a multitude of ways. Let's take a look.
1. Pro Football Talk is now reporting that it's believed the Dolphins tagged Landry in order to trade him. Team's will likely have to agree to a long term deal with Landry in order to acquire his services. But not only will teams be forced to sign Landry to a long term deal, they'll also need to give up what the Dolphins see as a fair trade. That means if the Jaguars want to create a dynamic duo of Jarvis Landry they'll need to fork out $14+ million per year and likely some mid round draft picks or current players. A steep price to ask for a receiver that runs only out of the slot. Landry is special at what he does, but is what he does worth what the Jaguars will have to give up to land him? Likely not.
2. Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee's value just went way up. Jarvis Landry was considered by most a top three receiver in this year's free agent class. Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee are both set to hit free agency. The Jaguars need to lock Allen Robinson up before he gets the chance to test the market. But if the Jags had any intention of trying to bring Lee back, his price tag just went up. It's supply and demand.
3. The value of other potential Jaguars signees at the receiver position also just rose. If the Jaguars were looking to sign a player like Sammy Watkins, Donte Moncrief, John Brown, or any of the other potential free agent WRs they might have more competition to get their guy. When one domino falls, teams have to look elsewhere. That might be what teams will do with Landry now signed under a franchise tag in Miami.
It was probably a long shot to think the Jaguars could wind up with a player like Jarvis Landry in the first place. They already have to lock up Allen Robinson to a rich deal for a WR, having to shell out two such deals in one offseason may have been a bit much. Especially for a guy, like I said previously, that really only runs from the slot. But it might be much more difficult to sign other free agent WRs this offseason.
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