Rumor: Eagles interested in Jarvis Landry
The Eagles have yet to make a splash in the wide receiver market, but there is one notable name left, Jarvis Landry. Landry was released by the Browns, and this morning on 97.5, The Fanatic, John Kincade reported the Eagles are interested in the receiver.
JOHN KINCADE: “Prominent NFL insider had said to me that the Eagles were very much trying to see if they could acquire Robert Woods from the Rams. They were in on him. And they got turned down. The same NFL insider has shared with me this morning another name to expect to target. Do you wanna guess? He believes this person is the new buzz right now of someone they are hovering around.
JAMIE LYNCH: “Not Jarvis Landry?”
JOHN KINCADE: “Yes. […] He believes Jarvis Landry is where they’ve moved on to. […] They’ve moved on to looking at Jarvis Landry.”
You can listen to the full clip here on Twitter grabbed by the Wooderboys.
Would Landry want to come to the Eagles?
The Eagles have a hole at wide receiver, and they know that. The only viable starters they have are Devonta Smith and Quez Watkins, two players entering their second year in the league. The Eagles were reportedly set to trade for Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley, until he was suspended for all of next season due to sports gambling. Eagles GM Howie Roseman clearly does not want to overpay at the wide receiver position and has been firm. Unfortunately, the Eagles aren’t the greatest place to play for right now, as they are in a rebuilding phase while also trying to be competitive.
Landry would bring the much-needed veteran presence to the wide receiver room, but we don’t know his asking price. Since entering the league in 2014, Landry averages around 86 receptions for 950 yards and nine touchdowns per season. Averaging 130 targets per season will not be possible for Landry, with first-round pick Devonta Smith catching 104 passes last year. He was underutilized, and you should expect this number to increase significantly in year two. If Landry is okay with playing in a more limited role alongside a developing quarterback, the Eagles should be interested.
If the Eagles are unable to sign Landry, they will have to settle with the names left on the free agency market or find a trade partner for a player that has not been mentioned.
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