With the Dolphins finale’ upcoming at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday afternoon against the Bills, there is a major decision to be made about WR Jarvis Landry, a new contract and how to handle it all.
And while there has been some debate on the internet, Miami Sportsradio, etc. about Landry’s season and whether he merits a monster deal from the Fins, let’s get serious. Landry is not only the Dolphins best receiver, he’s one of the top pass catchers, especially on third down in the NFL.
He plays hard, and he’s arguably their most valuable offensive asset, because he has a lot of years left. And the Dolphins, one way or another are going to reward him handsomely on for next year and beyond.
Consider, that no one in the history of pro football had caught more passes in his first three seasons than Jarvis Landry, who tallied 288 receptions from 2014-16. Think about modern greats like Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, TerrellOwens, etc. and none of them has had that start to their career catching the ball that Landry has for the Dolphins.
And, now has caught 103 more passes in 2017 going into this final game with Buffalo. In fact, his reliability is amazing with at least five catches in every Miami game this season. While his average per catch has dipped from 12.1 a year ago to 8.7 yards per grab this year, his TD production is eight up from four in 2016.
We wrote on the eve of the season that Landry was playing it smart and letting his play do the negotiating for him headed into the final year of his rookie four year contract. And, that strategy and leverage from his play in 2017 will now, payoff.
So, that further sets the barometer of what the Dolphins have to pay.
Obviously, Miami can put the franchise tag on Landry if it comes to it and it will guarantee that he makes at least $16 million (the average of the top 5 WR salaries) on a one year deal for 2018.
There is no doubt about Jarvis Landry’s value and there’s equally no doubt the Dolphins have short term and long term contract options to keep him in agua, white and orange for many years to come.
Talk of him not deserving a big contract or not being worth it, is foolish.
It’s just a matter, now, of how to pay the man what he deserves.
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