DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins want to keep Jarvis Landry and Landry wants to stay a Dolphin.
But it’s only January 3 and free agency does not begin until 4 p.m. ET on March 14.
So there is plenty of time to negotiate, and not make moves in public, and so that’s exactly why Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum and general manager Chris Grier didn’t show their cards when asked to at Miami’s year-end news conference on Wednesday.
Is there any optimism on the Landry front?
“In negotiation we wouldn’t comment publicly,” Tannenbaum said. “But as Chris (Grier) said, philosophically, we want to draft, develop and keep as many of our own as possible. So we’ll see what happens with Jarvis and a few other noteworthy free agents. In a perfect world, we’d keep them all. There is a salary cap. We’ll make those decisions at the appropriate time within the context of what’s best for the organization.”
There is every reason to believe a deal gets done, perhaps in the 4- to 5-year, $13.5 to $14.5 million a season range. Miami is even prepared to use a franchise tag, if necessary.
But nobody was talking about those things publicly on Wednesday.
“I think we have really just started the evaluation of our team,” Grier said. “During the season we’re always focused on our opponents. We want to keep the guys we know, we’ve developed, and had here. So Jarvis is one of many players that we’ll be talking about over the next few weeks.”