Dolphins Place Franchise Tag On WR Jarvis Landry
Jarvis Landry franchise tag news
The 25-year-old star would thus receive around $16 million next season if both sides don’t agree on a long-term contract. He made less than $1 million last season, so this would be a huge boost for Landry pay-wise.
Should Miami opt not to match an offer sheet for Landry, they would be due two first-round draft picks from the wideout’s new team.
Landry led the NFL with 112 receptions last season. He also had 987 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl for three straight seasons.
Landry was ejected in the Dolphins’ season finale against the Buffalo Bills after he started a fourth-quarter brawl. Coach Adam Gase called the incident “embarrassing.”
The youngster finished both the 2015 and 2016 seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards: he recorded 1,157 yards and 1,136 yards, respectively.
Only Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (471) and Atlanta’s Julio Jones (411) have more receptions than Landry’s 400 since he debuted in the NFL in 2014. Those 400 catches are also the most for any player through his first four seasons in the league.
The Dolphins offered Landry a new contract in early December, and Landry’s agent made a counter-offer in mid-December.
Landry told the Miami Herald in December that he would be fine with either a long-term contract or the franchise tag.
“I displayed I was a team guy,” Landry said in January about negotiations. “I understand not going to OTAs and training camp would raise eyebrows. My agent and I talked about being a leader and setting a good example, so I silenced all those things by going to OTAs and training camp, by putting the team first and being a team guy. I feel like in the NFL, they preach loyalty and family and they have none for you. As a player, you see it’s not a family during negotiations, how it becomes them versus me or me versus them. That’s part of the NFL I believe the fans don’t see.”
Nevertheless, a source said remaining with the Dolphins is appealing to Landry.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 17: Jarvis Landry #14 of the Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown against the New York Jets during the third quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on December 17, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)