The drama around the Jarvis Landry and Miami Dolphins contract talks took a new angle on Tuesday evening as the team placed the franchise tag on the WR. Now this wasn’t a fully unexpected move, it was actually one that many folks had expected if the two sides couldn’t agree on a contract extension.
The Dolphins wasted no time tagging Landry, who stands to make around $16 this season. The move kicks the can down the road as far as a possible extension. The two sides could agree to a longer deal and the Dolphins have a right to rescind the tag if they choose.
The Dolphins had made an initial contract offer thought to be around $13 million a year. However Landry and his agent Demarious Bilbo made a counter offer. This goes back to December and until this Tuesday, the Dolphins hadn’t responded to Landry’s offer, according to the Miami Herald.
What exactly is Landry looking for? Well he sees what DeVante Adams got with the Packers, which was $58 million over four years. Whether the Dolphins are willing to do that remains to be seen.
The two sides have been in a seemingly constant battle since about mid season regarding this contract extension. Landry believes he has been acting in good faith as he told the Miami Herald back in mid January:
“I displayed I was a team guy…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.”
Those were quite strong words made by Landry, but he does have a point. For a player that has the most catches ever by a player in his first four seasons (400), you would think he would be shown a little more respect. But this is the NFL we’re talking about and the owners have all the leverage.
Right now Landry who wants to remain a Dolphin, has had quite the contract negotiations. We will see where this will go, but as of right now at least for 2018 it looks like Landry will remain in South Florida.
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