As with many social media posts from professional athletes these days, Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry’s recent Instagram message was vague. It probably means something, but maybe it doesn’t. South Florida’s been through plenty of that in the past few years with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Landry posted a photo of himself over the weekend with a caption that read, “I feed my family with this don’t play with my money this year I’m serious..”
Turns out, that’s just a lyric from a Drake song. But Wade’s “(expletive) better have my money” in 2015 was just a lyric from a Rihanna song and everyone remembers how that ended.
Landry’s contract is a potential issue for the Dolphins this offseason, and one of their major tasks right now is figuring out whether to extend him or take the risk of him holding out and leaving in 2018. He has one year, $1.1 million remaining from his rookie deal.
That salary, and his $2.4 million career earnings to this point, isn’t commensurate with his production. He set a franchise record with 110 catches in 2015 and had back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons.
Miami hasn’t given any clear indication of its plans regarding Landry. When vice president Mike Tannenbaum was asked about the possibility of extending him and safety Reshad Jones, he said, “Be it Reshad, Jarvis — there are a lot of other guys that are going to be UFAs starting the league year in March of 2017 — we want to look at to try to keep some of our own. In addition, we want to extend players.
“But one of the things that we also have to look at, one of the factors is: it’s not a one year view. So who is up in 2018? 2019? I always say, ‘Our plan is firmly etched in pencil.’ Because things are going to change. We’re going to acquire players. There are going to be unexpected opportunities. I always feel like when we’re looking at this, we have to bring all of the information to the table. What does the draft look like? What does free agency look like? But with that said, we’re going to try to lean heavily towards keeping our own and building our program here, drafting and developing our own and getting coached by our guys. We are lockstep in terms of philosophically, that’s going to be our approach.”
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