The Dolphins have (at long last) decided they want to extend wide receiver Jarvis Landry, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Of course, that doesn’t mean a long-term deal is a foregone conclusion, but Miami is close to beginning negotiations with its slot receiver, per Salguero.
Landry, 25, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next spring, and the franchise tag hasn’t been thought to be on the table given that the $16MM price tag is a bit steep for a slot weapon. The Dolphins hadn’t made an extension offer to Landry as of August, and given that he was mentioned in multiple trade rumors, it was fair to wonder whether Miami had any interest in keeping Landry for the long haul.
Landry ultimately stayed put while the NFL’s trade deadline passed, and now the Dolphins are ready to talk contract. Notably, the club has reportedly been impressed with Landry’s professionalism this season, per Salguero. Landry hasn’t said a word about his lack of an extension even as other players on the Miami roster have been handed long-term deals, and the team’s decision-makers have noticed.
On the field, Landry has already matched his touchdown total from the 2015-16 seasons combined (eight), but he’s still not getting down the field with any regularity. In fact, his yards per reception is now at a career-low of 8.5, down from 12.1 a year ago. Football Outsiders ranks Landry just 60th among 74 qualifiers in DYAR, a metric that grades a receiver in relation to replacement level production.
Landry is thought to be receptive to a potential negotiation, but the Dolphins will likely have to make a few financial maneuvers before signing him. Miami is currently in the red, according to Over the Cap, and has only $15MM in space for the 2018 season.
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