Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry “at peace” playing for bargain contract

Jarvis Landry feels good about this season, contract extension or not. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

OXNARD, Calif.—There were people close to Jarvis Landry telling him to hold out from the Dolphins’ offseason program and even training camp, and there certainly was good reason to give that advice. Without a new contract extension, one of the most productive receivers in team history is about to play the upcoming season for $1.1 million.

But Landry never wavered about showing up for everything this year. He felt anything less would be a betrayal to the team, especially his fellow players, and he’s comfortable playing at a bargain salary—28 Dolphins are set to make more—and putting his contract concerns on hold until after the season.

It’s been on his mind for months, he admitted, and the media’s asked him about it regularly. He’s met every question—including a half-joking one today about whether Hurricane Irma bought him an extra week on his self-imposed mandate to table negotiations once the season begins (it does, he said)—calmly and patiently, never giving any indication that he’s secretly anxious about it.

“I’m at peace, man,” he said in an interview with The Post after today’s practice in California. “I’m at peace. Obviously it’s tough, you know. It’s how you feed your family, of course, but that’s part of saving, that’s part of having people advise you how to take care of your money and putting your money in places to make more money for you. For me, I’ve done that really well. I’m confident that when the time comes for me to get paid, I’ll get paid.”

Regarding people close to him recommending that he hold out, which is a viable tactic in contract talks, he said it was not an option because, “I love the Miami Dolphins. I love this organization. I love the people in it. I wanted to be here and I wanted to spend as much time as I can around the guys I play with and bleed with and show them that it’s bigger than (a contract) for me.”

“I mean, I love the game,” he continued. “I love what I do. And I’m a firm believer in God and His timing. I believe that it’ll happen when it’s supposed to happen. I can’t rush it and I can’t force it. I can’t hold out.

“There’s guys who held out and still haven’t gotten paid. They wasted all that time—Well, I don’t want to say ‘wasted’ all that time, but they didn’t have the opportunity to build that chemistry and that bond with their teammates. That’s something, personally for me, that I wanted to do. That’s why I came to OTAs and training camp.”

The only things that actually have bothered Landry lately are the postponement of the Tampa Bay game and his ongoing unresolved legal situation.

Landry is under investigation for a domestic incident in which he has not been charged—he and his girlfriend have both said publicly he did nothing wrong—and could face NFL discipline regardless of what happens legally. The frustrating part of it for Landry is that he says he’s been upfront with the league, team and authorities and has yet to get clarity on his status going forward.

As for the extended break, he said he’s been feeling a little jittery after not playing since the Aug. 24 preseason game.

“I couldn’t even find myself, man,” he said. “But unless there’s some unfortunate circumstances again, this one’s gonna fortunately be played. Hopefully when it comes Sunday, we’ll be ready.”

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