A season ago, Jarvis Landry was one of the bright spots in a largely poor 2017 Dolphins season. The fourth year wide receiver was once again, a Pro Bowl level player, but he was seeking a new lucrative long term contract.
And, the Miami Dolphins didn’t think he was worth the money.
After putting the one year “Franchise Tag” on Landry to restrict his free agency, the Fins brass was never really serious about giving him a bunch of guaranteed dollars. Between VP of Football Mike Tannenbaum, GM Chris Grier and coach Adam Gase, they decided that Landry was not an elite-big play receiver. And basically, let everybody know it.
Then, in the end, they traded him for just a third round pick this year (and a future pick) to the Browns, of all teams. However, Cleveland vindicated Landry’s belief that he is one of the top receivers in the NFL by giving him $47 million guaranteed.
So, understandably, Landry, new team and massive dollars in hand, is now in the mood to unload on his former employer.
Landry will likely be a prominent figure on the upcoming HBO training camp series “Hard Knocks” that is following the Browns this Summer. The first episode is coming next week
In advance of that series of shows, he talked exclusively to SI.com late this week about his contract squabbles and his relationship with coach Adam Gase, etc.
When asked about the seemingly insulting contract offers from Miami,
“I was hurt by it,” Landry said. “I became the face of the franchise in Miami, and I don’t think they wanted me to be that. The respect was just never there.”
And Landry didn’t hold back on what he believes were the biggest shortcomings for Gase: his design, play calling and basically being unapproachable on changing, the last two years. Here’s more from Ben Baskin’s item for SI:
As the losses piled up for the Dolphins, Landry says he frequently stopped in Adam Gase’s office to plead with the coach. He was basically running only four routes—two in-breaking, two out-breaking, all shallow—and knew he could contribute more. “When I’d go to talk to [Gase] about it, he’d curse me out,” he says. “ ‘Why are you telling me how to do my job?’ It got to the point where the environment was just awful.” (Through a Dolphins spokesman, Gase declined to comment.)
So, obviously, there is acrimony there.
And Landry, now with a fresh start (albeit with a disastrous team in Cleveland), still feels compelled to spout off about the Dolphins.
And in fairness Miami believes they have Landry’s “slot replacement,” at a much more friendly price, in free agent signee Danny Amendola.
So, we are about to find out who was right about Landry’s abilities, whether he was worth a big contract and whether the Dolphins have replaced him or not?
In the meantime, don’t expect Landry to shy away from taking aim from Northeast Ohio towards Gase and his former team.
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