Somebody’s going to want Jarvis Landry badly enough to pay big money for him. If it’s not the Dolphins, it’ll be another team. Probably a few of them.
In ESPN’s ranking of the NFL’s top 50 free agents this year, Landry was ninth overall and No. 1 among wide receivers. He is the only Dolphins player on the list, which isn’t surprising since most of the team’s top players are signed through at least the upcoming season.
Landry’s hitting free agency after playing out all four years of his rookie contract for $3.5 million and proving himself as one of the most productive receivers in franchise history. He totaled 400 catches, 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns, including career-highs in catches (112) and touchdowns (nine) to go with 987 yards last season.
ESPN put him ahead of Jacksonville’s Allen Robinson (No. 14 overall) and Sammy Watkins (No. 15). The other receivers in the top 50 were No. 27 Marqise Lee, No. 28 Paul Richardson, No. 29 Terrelle Pryor, No. 46. Jordan Matthews and No. 49 Mike Wallace. Wallace, 31, played for Miami in 2013 and ’14 and put up 140 receptions, 1,792 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Landry will hit free agency in less than a month with the legal tampering period beginning March 12. The Dolphins have from Feb. 20 through March 6 to place a franchise or transition tag on Landry if they wish to do so.
If they don’t, look for massive contract offers to come Landry’s way. He is seeking the first monster contract of his career, and Spotrac projects his market value to be a five-year, $69 million deal.
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