DAVIE — When the Dolphins step onto the practice field Monday morning, No. 14 will be there.
And when they play the Tampa Bay Bucs in the opener Sept. 10, there is no reason to think he won’t be there then, either.
Trade rumors about Jarvis Landry were a whisper in the spring, when there actually could have been something to them, but those rumors took on a louder tone Sunday, when there actually was nothing to them.
Multiple sources shot down speculation that the Dolphins are listening to offers for Landry, possibly from the Cleveland Browns.
“Zero,” one source said of the chances Landry will be shipped out.
Like everything else in the NFL, that could change with one phone call. But let’s just say that neither Adam Gase nor Chris Grier nor Mike Tannenbaum is staring at his phone, expecting such a call.
For months, the Dolphins and Landry have been in a holding pattern over his rookie contract, which expires after this season. The Dolphins had flexibility under the salary cap, but most of it went out the window when quarterback Jay Cutler walked in the door for $10 million.
Landry, meanwhile, has done his part, showing up for all offseason practices, unlike his buddy, the Giants’ Odell Beckham. Landry may have wondered why there was no movement with negotiations, but he never whined.
Landry is due $1.1 million this season, 26th on the team. The player just above him on the salary scale is defensive tackle Jordan Phillips ($1.18 million). Phillips has been an underachiever, Landry a team co-MVP. But Phillips was drafted 11 slots higher, which is all that counts on the rookie salary scale.
An NFL player’s second contract is all about market value, and with Landry rated No. 42 in the list of the NFL’s Top 100 players by his peers, he won’t come cheaply. Maybe the Dolphins’ situation was what coaxed a GM or two to inquire early this year. It didn’t hurt to listen, but it never went beyond that.
The logic for trading Landry goes like this: DeVante Parker is ready to be the player the Dolphins expected when they made him a first-rounder. Kenny Stills is a proven deep threat. Cutler already has chemistry with them.
Now let’s talk about reality. Landry makes a case for being the most productive player on the team since joining the league in 2014. He’s on par with Ndamukong Suh for the most consistent. In the intangible category, he’s the heart of the offense and he’s most popular player on the team (look at merchandise sales figures, if you don’t believe it).
Yes, the Dolphins wouldn’t mind if Landry controlled emotions better on Sundays, but Gase has said there’s a certain fire inside him that makes Landry, Landry.
About the only other knock anyone could make is that Landry has 13 touchdown receptions in his career, which is about one good season for Beckham.
Taking a wider view, the Dolphins need help on defense. We saw that last season, we saw that in how the Dolphins conducted themselves in the draft and we saw that in the way they stumbled in Philadelphia last week.
Consider the depth at receiver vs. the needs on defense and ask, why not make a deal? Landry is a slot receiver, and aren’t they not as valuable as outside guys?
Tell that to Dan Marino, who was blessed to have Mark Duper, Mark Clayton and Irving Fryar on the outside but always had that security blanket of an outlet guy. Sometimes it was a running back (Tony Nathan), sometimes a tight end (Keith Jackson) and sometimes, a guy like Landry (O.J. McDuffie).
Except right now, the Dolphins have no one else “like” Landry.
Which is why it’s unlikely he’s going anywhere.
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