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What’s the latest on Jarvis Landry returning to Dolphins?

Ari Russell

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One of the biggest questions this offseason for the Miami Dolphins will be how they deal with WR Jarvis Landry. Landry has been their most productive offensive weapon for the past two seasons and is demanding that he gets paid like an upper echelon WR.

With that said however the team and Landry aren’t quite seeing eye to eye. Does that mean that the Dolphins are willing to let him walk? We did find out that the Ravens were interested in trading for Landry last offseason, but the Dolphins were asking too much according to the Baltimore Sun:

The Ravens spoke to the Miami Dolphins last offseason about a potential trade for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, but they found the asking price to be prohibitive. Landry is now a pending free agent, so he could be available to all bidders when the market opens in mid-March. The price, though, still figures to be extremely high.

Landry’s agent is asking for T.Y. Hilton and Doug Baldwin Money. Hilton makes $13 million where Baldwin is at $11.5. That were deals signed too years ago too and the Ravens don’t have that kind of bread to slice for Landry.

Now we are learning via the Miami Herald that Landry is not confident he will be playing for the Dolphins next season. Landry apparently was not happy with a report that had come out from the Miami Herald about the contract negotiations:

This development is due, at least in part, Landry’s reaction to a report by the Miami Herald detailing the team’s frustrations with their fourth-year star. Those issues include but are not exclusive to: poor attention to detail; Landry’s inability to control his emotions, often to the detriment of his team; and a deficiency in leadership.

Landry was so upset by the report that he contacted a Miami Herald reporter to say his negotiations with the organization on a new deal have been “handled a bit disrespectful.” Landry, whose 400 catches are more than any other player has had through four seasons, added that he still would like to remain with the Dolphins if an agreement can be reached.

What did Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum have to say about it:

“He’s a Dolphin, he was drafted here, he’s been productive…Adam has used him and he’s produced and he’s gotten better. As the three of us said, we want sustainability. We want to keep as many of our own players, within reason. Draft and develop them. But you can’t keep them all. That’s part of the system that we all live in.”

Tannenbaum who is currently in Mobile for the Senior Bowl didn’t exactly make it seem that Landry is a priority right now, but that could just be a negotiating scheme. Landry is going to be looking for a contract in the range of Devante Adams who signed a big deal with Green Bay and landed him around $30 million guaranteed. Not sure he’s going to get that, but these leaks about his character aren’t helping Landry too much.

The more time passes the more it looks like Landry will be in a different uniform next season. It doesn’t look like Adam Gase is rushing to keep Landry and Tannenbaum certainly wasn’t jumping out of his chair to retain Landry.

The good ole NFL contract talks are always interesting. The team always has the leverage and Landry is getting a big time lesson in how this is working.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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