Nine characters — that’s all Jarvis Landry typed into his Twitter account over the weekend before hitting the button and watching everything go aflutter.
“DIFFERENT” Landry wrote.
Did he mean he’s different?
Did he mean his bank account soon will look different?
Did he mean the jersey he’ll be wearing this fall will be different?
Only Landry knows for sure, but it was enough to trigger a courtship by two members of the Ravens’ secondary. “Ravens!” replied Eric Weddle, and Tony Jefferson simply tweeted a picture of a Raven to Landry.
With those three players’ Twitter accounts now stirring things up over the Dolphins’ impending free-agent receiver, the volume was cranked up even more by fans, especially those in Baltimore hungry for a spark to their offense.
There was the predictable: Someone Photoshopped a picture of Landry wearing a jersey in which “Dolphins” and some of their colors were rubbed out, replaced by that shade of purple only Ravens are man enough to wear.
Then things got creative: If Landry does end up signing as a free agent somewhere, it’ll be in the neighborhood of $69 million over five years, which is a pretty respectable neighborhood. Yet a couple of real estate agents tweeted to him, with one promising to waive his commission fee, since every penny apparently counts.
Then things got tasty: Someone named “tay” tweeted, “@JimmysSeafood do your thing give this man free crab cakes for life.”
Then things got testy: “Why go to the Ravens?” George Camilleri wrote. “All you’ll experience is losing to #Steelers.”
Then things got ugly: “Baltimore unis would make you look fat,” wrote Travis Lewis.
Then things got bold: “Bro dont be a jerk and resign!! #FinsUp,” wrote Issa Germany.
Then came healthy begging: “please no,” wrote Jeff in SoCal. “I just bought your jersey last season and it’s so so fresh.”
By Monday afternoon, fans had made pitches for the Raiders, Cowboys, Titans, Texans and 49ers.
Someone also made a pitch for the Colts, though it was unclear if that fan merely wanted Landry to agree to terms with Indy, then back out.
Most nauseating, from a Dolfan’s perspective, might have been T_Rav2311 making a pitch for the J-E-T-S.
In what may be a real possibility, a couple of fans pointed out that if Landry joins the Giants, he’ll be able to play alongside his good buddy and college teammate Odell Beckham Jr.
How will it all play out? According to Danimal, not the way Dolphins fans hope.
“It was nice having you in Miami,” Danimal wrote. “Good luck.”
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