The San Francisco 49ers have various areas of need in the 2018 NFL offseason. Fortunately, one of them isn’t the quarterback position. John Lynch made Jimmy Garoppolo the highest-paid signal caller in the league. Next up for the 49ers? Locking up a new weapon or two for Garoppolo. While the 49ers could look at a few names in free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft, they could also go a different route and pursue Jarvis Landry.
The Miami Dolphins franchise-tagged Landry, but recent reports and rumors have been swirling that the team may have gone that route in an attempt to trade him. Essentially, the Dolphins didn’t want to lose their best offensive weapon without getting anything in return.
With Landry potentially on the market, should the 49ers make a push for the talented 25-year-old wideout?
Fortunately, the team has plenty of cap space, so that’s not a concern. As Over The Cap points out, the 49ers have nearly $70 million in cap space. While Landry currently has a tag of $16 million attached to him, whichever team he is traded to would immediately get him a long-term extension to get that cap number down. The 49ers would still have plenty of cash to spend after a potential trade for Landry.
Financially, dealing for Landry wouldn’t be a problem for the 49ers. It’s hard to argue that a player who has tallied at least 94 receptions in each of the past three seasons (while going over 110 grabs in two of those years) wouldn’t be a great option for Garoppolo. He has also gone for at least 980 yards in all three of those years.
Landry can line up anywhere on the field and is a brutal matchup for opposing defenses. This would also make things a whole lot easier for Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor. The only looming question for the 49ers and a possible deal with the Dolphins for the Pro Bowl wideout is how much it would cost.
At this point, it seems unlikely that the Dolphins would have any interest in eating the $16 million cap hit in 2018. But while he’ll almost surely have a solid market, it’s unlikely that teams will overpay for Landry when it’s widely-known that the two sides couldn’t work out a long-term deal.
If the price is right and the 49ers don’t have to give up a first-round draft pick or one of their young playmakers, this move could be perfect. It’ll take some work to figure out the right offer, especially since he will be a hot commodity, but Lynch and the 49ers should at least look into trading for him.
Time will tell, but the 49ers and Landry could be a match made in heaven. A Garoppolo-Landry duo could become one of the most dangerous in the NFL.