PHOENIX—The Dolphins have had months to get an extension done for top wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who is entering the last season of his contract, and they haven’t expressed much optimism publicly that it will happen.
They are confident, however, that Landry will be on the field with or without a new deal.
Miami coach Adam Gase is adamant that Landry will be in attendance for Organized Team Activities in May and has no concern about him skipping that because of his contract situation.
“He’s a football player that loves being part of our program,” Gase said this morning. “He’ll be there, trust me.”
Landry holds the NFL record for most catches in the first three years of a player’s career (288) and topped 1,100 yards each of the past two seasons. Gase called him the best offensive player on the team last year.
He’s done all that for the bargain price of $2.8 million. He’s set to earn $1.1 million this season.
The Dolphins stressed “taking care of our own” heading into this offseason and backed that up by re-signing Andre Branch and Kenny Stills as well as giving extensions to Cameron Wake, Reshad Jones and Kiko Alonso.
In several meetings with the media, general manager Chris Grier and vice president Mike Tannenbaum haven’t given any indication that talks are progressing with Landry. Tannenbaum avoided the topic Monday. The only word from Landry came in January when he said he was optimistic they would work out an extension.
“We’re always gonna do the right thing and work to keep our guys within our organization,” Gase said. “There’s a big picture that not everybody really looks at sometimes… We have a good plan moving forward. We know what we need to do and how we need to structure everything to make all this work out.
“Our goal is to make sure these three guys (Landry, Stills and DeVante Parker) stay together for a long period of time and to make sure that they stay with the quarterback to develop great continuity between those guys. We’ll get to things like (Landry’s contract) when we know it’s the right time for us. We’ll see how everything plays out when some of these situations come up.”
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