DAVIE — In explaining why the Miami Dolphins traded Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi for a fourth-round pick, coach Adam Gase brought up the notion that Ajayi was not in the organization’s long-term vision.
Gase also brought up money.
“You always start planning years in advance,” Gase said. “It’s no secret, we’ve got some guys coming up contract-wise. That are going to be a lot of money. And you’re trying to figure out, how do you put the puzzle together? And so you’re trying to figure out, what’s the best thing to do for the organization? Conversations come and go throughout spring and summer, training camp. It’s moving pieces so much. When opportunities come up, you act on them. You do what you think’s best for the organization and you move on.”
The follow-up question was obvious.
The Dolphins decided not to trade wide receiver Jarvis Landry, whose contract expires at the end of this season, at the trading deadline. So does Gase hope that Landry is in the organization’s long-term plan?
“We told him a while ago, I can’t remember, when everybody said we were trading him,” Gase said. “And we told him a long time ago he wasn’t going anywhere. We have a vision for what we want that wide receiver room to look like and we expect him to be a huge part of that.”
Gase continued on, however, without making promises.
Of course, he can’t.
“And however it works out down the road, that’s hard for me to say,” Gase said. “Because, you know, I don’t negotiate the contracts. So I’ll blame (Dolphins executive vice president) Mike (Tannenbaum) on that one. So I like that group. I like that group a lot. We have a lot of talent. We have guys who are trying to do it right. And fight through the entire game. We see some moments where things look really good. And we have to just find ways to improve and we have to keep being on the details and make sure we’re accountable to each other.”
Landry has twice as many catches as any other Dolphin, with 50 for 398 yards and 3 touchdowns this season.
In fact, Landry needs only four catches on Sunday night against Oakland to surpass Anquan Boldin for most receptions in the first four years of his NFL career.
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