Miami Dolphins Jarvis Landry: I believe Adam Gase wants me to stay

Jarvis Landry  makes a catch in the Drone Drop event at the 2017 Pro Bowl Skills Challenge on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Jarvis Landry and Adam Gase are highly emotional, highly competitive and both have been highly successful in what they do.

But as Landry ponders pending free agency, he believes the Miami Dolphins coach is in his corner. He believes Gase wants him back next season.

“Yes,” Landry told the Palm Beach Post after a Pro Bowl practice on Friday. “Yes. Until I sign with another team, if that happens, I’ll believe that (Gase) wants me back.”

After the season finale, a loss to Buffalo, Gase said he was embarrassed by Landry’s actions, which led to an ejection. In general, Gase had always defended Landry as an extremely emotional, passionate, intense player who embodies what he wants in a player.

But now, of course, there are questions. There are questions about how, for example, Landry has grown and the areas in which Miami still wants him to grow, and how that should relate to the terms of any long-term contract.

If Landry were to return to Miami, what does he think he could do even better next season?

“Just continue to lead, continue to push the guys around me,” Landry said. “Continue to be the spark that I have been. Continue to make plays. And try to win games. As many as possible, to get to the Super Bowl. At the end of the day it’s about winning. And I want to play with guys that want to win.”

Landry is trying hard not to think too much about the future and enjoy his third appearance as a Pro Bowler. He was reminded that Dolphins Hall of Famer Jason Taylor, who is here as a legends captain, once played for the Jets.

Could Landry ever seen himself in green-and-white or, even worse, the red-white-and-blue of the New England Patriots?

“I don’t know,” Landry said. “And that’s probably far-stretched. But again, I just want to play ball. I think that gets missed in this whole thing when money gets involved and all this other crap. I just want to play football. I just want to play football with an organization of guys that want me to be there, that love that I’m there, that love what I bring to the table, embrace my personality and win games. I want to win. Now. That’s just my mindset.”
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