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ESPN's Insiders peg Ravens as the favorite to trade for Jarvis Landry

ESPN asked seven of its NFL insiders to predict which team Jarvis Landry would be playing for in 2018.

A majority of them selected the Baltimore Ravens.

Landry was considered the top wide receiver available in free agency before the Miami Dolphins placed the franchise tag on him, and national NFL writers Kevin Seifert and Dan Graziano, NFL analyst Matt Bowen and Football Outsiders' Aaron Schatz all believe the Ravens will still end up with the three-time Pro Bowl player.

The prevailing feeling is Joe Flacco has turned into the "king of short completions" and needs help on third downs. Plus, Baltimore is simply desperate at wide receiver.

The speculation has been that Miami used the tag in order to trade Landry. The Dolphins currently don't have enough room to fit Landry's $16 million tag under their cap.

At the NFL combine on Wednesday, Dolphins coach Adam Gase hedged when asked if Landry will be part of the team next season.

"Yeah, if it works out the way we kind of looked at things," Gase said. "That's why we franchised him. We'll see how it goes."

Landry, 25, set the NFL record for most catches in the first four seasons of a career with 400. The question is whether a team should spend top dollar on a wide receiver who's averaged 10.1 yards per catch in his career.

Short passes have become part of Flacco's wheelhouse despite his strong arm. He ranked second in the NFL with 325 passes that traveled five yards or fewer in the air -- which represented 59.1 percent of his throws.

Flacco does need help on third downs, where the Baltimore offense ranked as the sixth-worst in the NFL (34.1 percent conversion rate). Landry converted 16 times on third downs last season, which was the 14th-most among wide receivers. The most by a Ravens wide receiver last season was Mike Wallace with 10.

The other argument is the Ravens just need someone who can get consistently open for Flacco. Baltimore's wide receivers totaled 146 receptions last season, which were the fifth-fewest in the league. The Ravens could be parting ways with their top two wide receivers because Wallace is a free agent and Jeremy Maclin could get cut.

What would it take to get Landry? The Dolphins are probably seeking something higher than a third-round pick because they could recoup that next year as a compensatory pick if Landry was signed as a free agent. The next step would be to sign Landry to a long-term deal, and he is reportedly eyeing a contract similar to the one given to Green Bay's Davante Adams ($14.5 million per season).

Whether the Ravens decide to make a move for Landry is yet to be determined. But no one would be surprised if they did.