The NFL trade deadline is approaching quickly, and the Dolphins still don’t have a contract in place with their star wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Trading marquee players in the NFL isn’t a common practice at the deadline, but that didn’t prevent The Ringer’s Danny Kelly from daydreaming about a few potential deals that could be made.
Kelly’s article proposed eight trades that would be interesting to see before the trade deadline, and Landry took center stage in one of the proposed deals. According to Kelly, the Steelers and Dolphins could mutually benefit from a deal involving Miami’s leading receiver.
The Ringer explained the trade with the following:
Landry’s in his contract year, and if the Dolphins aren’t planning to dole out a big new deal this offseason to their top pass catcher, they could still get some major draft capital in return. There’s no better time for the Steelers to make this trade, either: Ben Roethlisberger’s not getting any younger, and Pittsburgh has what looks like a championship-caliber defense. This team looks poised to make a real run at a Super Bowl, and adding a physical run-after-the-catch creator like Landry could take some of the pressure off of Brown and Bell to carry the passing attack—and make the Steelers a nightmare to defend.
Even after a disappointing performance against the Ravens on Thursday, the Dolphins’ winning record will likely prevent them from moving a player like Landry. For the Steelers, adding another star-quality receiver makes a ton of sense. Martavis Bryant has struggled to produce for Pittsburgh, which has put a considerable amount of pressure on the shoulders of Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.
The Dolphins have already paid Kenny Stills, and they are approaching another contract decision with DeVante Parker. Paying Landry would potentially force the Dolphins into a corner when it comes to building a financially sound roster.
Money questions aside, Landry has been a consistent threat throughout his four-year stint with the Dolphins. After being selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Landry has 338 receptions for 3,449 yards. Given that level of production - trading Landry has the potential to be an extremely polarizing move.
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