The Miami Dolphins are franchise tagging star wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
The Dolphins are applying the non-exclusive franchise tag, which would allow Landry to sign a one-year deal worth about $16 million. Or, Landry could negotiate with other teams and Miami would receive two first-round picks, if he were to leave.
Realistically, Landry will sign the deal or continue to negotiate a long-term deal with the Dolphins. It is extremely unlikely another team would give up two first-round picks to sign Landry.
The Dolphins want to make sure Landry stays with the team in 2018 because of his success in the league and because he is a player who was drafted and developed by the club.
Landry has 400 catches and 4,038 receiving yards in four seasons with Miami. Landry has repeatedly expressed his desire to stay with the Dolphins and coach Adam Gase has expressed his admiration for Landry’s determination and passion.
Landry was expected to earn more than $14 million per season on the open market. The Dolphins could have placed a slightly less costly transition tag, but they would have received no compensation had he left.
The Dolphins want to see Landry exhibit a little bit more composure at times, on the field, and to continue to develop as a leader in the locker room. Though Landry isn’t the tallest receiver and doesn’t have the most blazing speed, his importance to Miami’s offense in incomparable.
Landry is also a favorite of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who returns from a season-ending knee injury this season. Though Landry primarily plays the slot receiver position, he did have a career-high nine touchdown receptions this season.