Question results, but do not question motives of Miami Dolphins’ Stephen Ross

Has Stephen Ross ever let money get in the way of improving the Dolphins? (Getty Images)

Stephen Ross awakened critics again this week when asked if owning an NFL franchise is harder than he thought when he purchased the Dolphins in 2009.

“A lot harder than I thought it might be,” he said.

Package that with the Dolphins’ 6-10 record last year, and their confounding offseason, and it was license for some to slap the dunce cap on Ross for the umpteenth time.

No, Steve Ross did not know all he was getting into. Guess what: There are 31 other owners who could testify to the same thing.

“You don’t know anything when you come in. You might think you do. There’s a lot of very accomplished, smart people who come into the league and they get dressed down pretty quickly.”

No, that quote wasn’t also from Ross. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft — the most successful of the bunch — told The Post that a handful of years back when describing a learning curve unlike any other these high rollers encounter. That’s why the league encourages new owners to mingle with the veterans for advice. Some do, some are too proud to.

That’s not to make excuses for Ross. He’s no longer a rookie. He made mistakes. He stuck by GM Jeff Ireland and coach Joe Philbin longer than he should have; he courted Jim Harbaugh when he shouldn’t have. We all know this. More importantly, he does, too.

The baffling element is this notion that the Dolphins’ failures should all be traced to Ross because the bucks start and stop with him. That he’s cheap. That he doesn’t care about winning.

The evidence to back up any of that is where, exactly? When Harbaugh was one of the hottest names in coaching, Ross tried to hire him. When so many teams were hot on Adam Gase’s trail, Ross succeeded at hiring him. When Ndamukong Suh set his price tag at $114 million, Ross signed the check.

Question whether any of his decisions were correct if you wish.

But to question his motives? That’s a flag.

Yes, I’ve tossed a barrage at criticism at the Dolphins for giving away Jarvis Landry for a pair of used cleats. But that was a football move, a salary cap decision made by Gase and football operations chief Mike Tannenbaum. They decide how to slice up the pie. They pick the toppings. Ross picks the chefs and decides how big the pie can be. When was the last time he scrimped on something he thought could improve the team? When have the Dolphins not spent up to the max of the salary cap?

“Our charge from owner Steve and the whole organization is we’re trying to get better every day,” Tannenbaum said at this week’s NFL annual meeting in Orlando.

To which Ross quickly chimed in: “The money won’t be a restriction, if that’s what you’re asking.”

Ross said his role is to ask questions.

“Anything they promote, I question why,” he said. “You want to know why. There has to be a justification for it and you want to hear what their plan is.”

Given that Ross has millions invested, he has that right. Given that the Dolphins have failed to establish themselves as perennial contenders, he has that obligation. If and when his lieutenants compile a Pat Rileyesque record, then he can sit back, sip an adult beverage in his owner’s suite and butt out.

Still, Ross remains in fans’ crosshairs even when he succeeds. He tossed a half-billion of his money, not yours, to make Hard Rock Stadium an entertainment destination that’s still growing. He managed to lure the 2020 Super Bowl back in Miami after a decade of cold shoulders. Yet he’s accused of caring more about hosting Super Bowls than winning them, as if the two were mutually exclusive.

Probably by now, Steve Ross recognizes he can’t win until the Dolphins do.

“You learn a lot more from your mistakes,” he said. “You learn a lot more when you’re losing about yourself or you’re thinking a lot more.”

So go ahead and give Steve Ross a mixed grade for his decade of Dolphins ownership if you wish.

Just don’t ever say he doesn’t care about winning.

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Miami Dolphins expected to pursue hosting 2026 Super Bowl

The Saints won the last Super Bowl in South Florida, beating the Colts in 2010. (Gary Coronado/The Post)

ORLANDO—Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has been open about his desire to bring as many big sporting events to South Florida as he can and it appears as though he’ll get a chance secure another Super Bowl relatively soon after hosting the 2020 game.

A league source said it is likely the next time the Miami area will be considered is 2026, making that year the obvious target for the Dolphins. That would be Super Bowl LX and it’d be a league-high 12th appearance in South Florida if the bid is successful.

The team is currently making plans for Super Bowl XLIV at Hard Rock Stadium, which will be its first time hosting since 2010. That Super Bowl will be of particular importance because it falls at the end of the NFL’s 100th anniversary season.

The most recent awarding of Super Bowls came in 2016. The league owners voted to put the game in Atlanta for the upcoming season, Miami Gardens the year after and Tampa in 2021. The 2022 Super Bowl was awarded to Los Angeles without accepting any other candidates because the area is building what will ultimately be a $5 billion stadium for the Rams and Chargers.

The league has not said when it will start the process for games in 2023 and beyond.

“When you look and see what we’re doing at Hard Rock and the events we are bringing, I mean certainly we recognize the importance of what it does for the community by bringing events to South Florida,” Ross said this morning. “I think that’s very important. I’ve always mentioned that and that’s why we renovated the stadium.”

Construction at the stadium has been a constant the past few years since Ross sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into a revamping it. It hosts the Orange Bowl every year, which will be a national semifinal this season, and recently won the rights to the 2021 championship game.

Ross also broke ground last week on a tennis venue that will be built on the south side of the property and be the permanent home of the Miami Open beginning a year from now. That project will add an elaborate promenade to the stadium grounds and a multi-purpose grandstand facility that will be used primarily for tennis but can be reconfigured for concerts and other events.

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Squint real hard, and maybe you’ll see what Miami Dolphins’ plan is

Miami Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum, coach Adam Gase and owner Stephen Ross. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

ORLANDO — A couple of years ago, general manager Chris Grier declared an end to the dysfunction with the Dolphins.

Tuesday morning, coach Adam Gase declared that the leaders in his locker room won’t put up with the BS that occurred in the past, although Gase admitted he’s still uncertain who all those leaders are.

Tuesday afternoon, it was time for Mike Tannenbaum, executive vice president of football operations, to lay his cards on the table regarding where the Dolphins are headed. His answer was all over the board, ranging from players young and old, coming and going, what has been accomplished and what remains on the to-do list.

“But with the changes we’ve made, we feel good about … we feel like we’re going in the right direction,” he said.

Tannenbaum mentioned young players “we feel will take the next step this fall — that’s something you can’t really see right now.”

There’s a lot about these Dolphins that’s tough to see right now, starting with the “right direction” part. If you’re squinting, you’re not alone. Shortly before Tannenbaum spoke, ESPN published its power rankings, listing the Dolphins 32nd in a 32-team league.

Yes, they must look up to see even the Cleveland Browns, coming off an 0-16 season.

Tannenbaum began by saying, “Our plan remains the same: to put a competitive product on the field each and every year,” and Gase said he prefers the roster he has now to the one he inherited, which together avoids telling the fan base this team is in rebuilding mode.

We’ll give them that the changes to the offensive line could — could — represent overall improvement. We’ll give them that Rams defensive end Robert Quinn should be a nice pickup.

And then we’ll give them a reality check.

Do you realize that except for safety Reshad Jones and defensive end Cameron Wake, every Dolphin who has been recently honored for on-field performance is gone? You went to the Pro Bowl? Hope you booked a one-way ticket. Team MVP? Bye-bye. The team’s Ed Block Courage Award or Pro Football Focus’ special teams player of the year? See ya.

“To have sustainability in our system, you have to correctly evaluate your own,” Tannenbaum said.

The Dolphins apparently concluded their players weren’t cutting it in performance or value or both — and these were their best players. That’s about as unsettling as looking at the standings and seeing 6-10 next to your name.

But the Dolphins didn’t go all-in on youth. Running back Frank Gore is 35 — a young 35, to be fair, but still 35. Receiver Danny Amendola, guard Josh Sitton and center Daniel Kilgore are all 30 to 32. Plus, the Dolphins don’t have wiggle room under the salary cap. They haven’t stockpiled draft picks. Where there were once exclamation points, there are now question marks.

Their hopes are hanging by the thread, personified by Ryan Tannehill’s knee and DeVante Park’s hamstrings. They’re hinging on younger players blossoming into seasoned pros, not the least of which requires Laremy Tunsil growing into the type of left tackle the Dolphins expected him to be last year. But they shouldn’t grow so much that they warrant such fat, second NFL contracts that price themselves out of Miami, as Jarvis Landry did.

“We’re going to try to keep as many of our own as we can,” Tannenbaum said. “We’ve done that recently with Reshad Jones, Ryan Tannehill, and we’re going to keep trying to do that when it’s appropriate.”

Hearing this, owner Stephen Ross added, “You always want to keep your own.”

Both of those quotes may sound familiar, but it’s important to note they were both said Tuesday, in the wake of the Landry trade.

None of the three other teams in the AFC East are wading through such murky waters. We know what the Bills’ vision is. They’re hoarding draft picks, with six in the top 100, and itching to move up from No. 12 to nab a quarterback, which ought to concern the No. 11 Dolphins.

The Jets also are addressing quarterback needs, including nabbing former Pro Bowl selection Teddy Bridgewater to a still-growing stash of passers. We know what the Jets’ vision is.

The Patriots lost more key talent than usual, including left tackle Nate Solder and Amendola to the Dolphins. But nobody bothers wondering what the Patriots’ vision is.

Knowing that the departing talent is bound to cause unrest among the fan base, Tannenbaum said, “There were some guys that played for us, contributed, and we wish them sell. They were notable names and you know who they are.

“And with that said, we felt like that created a lot of opportunities and we feel like we’ve increased the depth and the competition at receiver, at offensive line. We added a few other pieces and there’s still a lot more work to be done.”

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Dolphins owner Stephen Ross supports moving on from Ndamukong Suh, Jarvis Landry

Ross and Suh at the introductory press conference. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

ORLANDO—When the Dolphins’ power trio of Mike Tannenbaum, Adam Gase and Chris Grier proposed their offseason plan to unload the best player on each side of the ball, their boss didn’t exactly leap out of his chair to embrace it.

Stephen Ross has little patience for more mediocrity and dropped an f-bomb in the locker room at the end of last season because he was so exasperated by going 6-10. He’s not eager for more of that.

But when his football people explained why they intended to cut Ndamukong Suh, even with a massive dead money salary cap hit looming, and trade Jarvis Landry, Ross eventually bought in to their blueprint.

“I questioned why,” Ross said this morning at the NFL league meeting. “You want to know why. There has to be justification for it, and you want to hear what their plan is. We’re constantly reviewing it. Certainly you don’t just do things and (not) ask, ‘Why was that done?’ Gotta ask that question.

“I saw the logic, but certainly I had questions. I think everybody has questions when you lose two players of that quality. You have to have reservations and questions.”

The Dolphins also shed center Mike Pouncey and did not re-sign Damien Williams and Michael Thomas. All three players had been with the organization for years.

There was a CBS report last season saying the Dolphins intended to move on from Suh, and Suh responded by saying he came to the team to play for Ross and win games, as well as indicating that they spoke about the report. Suh added that he planned on ending his career in Miami.

Ross was thought to be particularly close with Suh, but that attachment did not factor into this decision.

“Yeah, you like guys and certainly they gave an awful lot and you hate to see people go,” Ross said. “That’s true in life. We’re here to win football games. It’s not about making friends.”

Ross assumed there would be change after another frustrating season. There’s no way to hide from a 6-10 season, particularly one that could’ve been easily turned into 3-13 if a few plays had gone differently.

At the end of the year, he cited Ryan Tannehill’s season-ending knee injury in training camp as the biggest reason for the drop from 10 wins the previous year, but it was obvious that wasn’t going to fix all the Dolphins’ problems.

“I like where it’s going,” Ross said. “Most importantly I think the coach and the general manager and the whole team believes it’s been a successful offseason so far. Like all of us, I’m a fan. I have to wait and see. But I believe in them and what they’re doing and the game plan they have.”

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NFL owners meeting: Stephen Ross, Dolphins prominent in discussions

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will be front and center at the NFL meetings this week. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

ORLANDO—The NFL’s annual meeting is underway at the Ritz-Carlton in suburban Orlando, and the Dolphins will be in the spotlight.

In addition to coach Adam Gase and vice president Mike Tannenbaum taking questions for the first time since unloading some of the team’s biggest stars, owner Stephen Ross will hold a rare media availability at some point during the week.

Ross caught heat this month for saying all of his players would stand for the national anthem this season, then backtracking the next day to say he would not institute such a policy. The Dolphins briefly had a rule last season requiring players to stand or remain out of sight, which Gase said was his decision before nixing the idea after Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Julius Thomas met with him to voice their disagreement.

There is nothing on the agenda as far as working on a league rule about player protests during the anthem, but it will be a prominent topic at the meetings. Ross is on the 10-man Social Justice Working Group, which includes owners as well as current and former players.

Ross also serves on the Finance, NFL Network and International Committees.

He caused a stir at last year’s meetings in Phoenix by being the only owner to vote against the Raiders’ proposed move to Las Vegas.

“I think you’d only move a team if you really exhausted all the possibilities,” he said. “I don’t believe they did.”

One significant vote scheduled this week is on a proposal that will redefine what constitutes a catch. There have been several confusing plays in the last few years, as well as a controversy over Steelers tight end Jesse James against the Patriots during the 2017 regular season and a touchdown by Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz in the recent Super Bowl.

The Competition Committee recommended altering the rule to clarify that a catch is confirmed when a player “performs any act common to the game,” also known as a making a football move, or clearly controls the ball long enough to do so.

If the player hits the ground, does not have control over the ball at that time and the ball touches the field, it is still an incomplete pass. However, as long as he has clear control at the moment of impact with the turf, it would no longer be required that he maintain that control through hitting the ground.

Any rule change needs 24 of the 32 owners to vote in favor of it for it to pass.

Another item on the agenda is a proposal from the Jets to make pass interference a 15-yard penalty rather than a spot foul. Currently, the ball is placed where the penalty occurs with no limit on how much yardage that entails.

Gase hinted that he doesn’t like that idea.

“It probably changes for me if I’m on offense or defense,” he said. “If I was on defense, I’d be excited about it. I’d tell them any time you get beat, just tackle the guy. It’s only going to be a 15-yard penalty. If I’m on offense, I’m probably not real happy.”

Considering he’s been an offensive coach his entire career, it’s easy to see where he stands on New York’s suggestion.

There are 10 proposed changes to the playing rules and 17 related to bylaws and other procedures. Some of them are as minor as eliminating the rule that teams must attempt the point-after when they score a game-winning touchdown with no time left in regulation and giving both teams access to the NFL’s response to an inquiry about officiating from a game.

The Dolphins are putting forward a bylaw proposal making it no longer necessary for a non-vested player to be played on waivers when teams cut from 90 to 53 at the end of the preseason. That idea includes tweaks to the way the Injured Reserve list is treated during the preseason.

The overall point of Miami’s proposal is to give teams more roster flexibility during the preseason.

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Dolphins president Tom Garfinkel praises Wayne Huizenga’s philanthropy

H. Wayne Huizenga (center) in 2009. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

H. Wayne Huizenga, who passed away at 80, will be known locally largely for owning three of the four professional sports teams in South Florida. While his philanthropic efforts might not be as prominent, that’s what Dolphins president and vice chairman Tom Garfinkel remembers most.

“I had an opportunity to get to know him a little bit myself in a short period of time,” Garfinkel said today. “He was just a wonderful man and he lived an amazing life.”

Among other charitable endeavors, Huizenga funded the business school at Nova Southeastern University, which is where the Dolphins’ practice facility is in Davie.

Huizenga, who was the initial owner of the Panthers and Marlins, also owned the Dolphins for about 15 years before selling the team to Stephen Ross over the course of 2008 and ’09.

“You’ll see his name around the community in a lot of places—Nova Southeastern University and his impact there, his impact really throughout South Florida,” Garfinkel said. “The Dolphins were his first love, football was his first love. He was a season ticket holder long before he owned the team. And bringing hockey and baseball here to South Florida. He meant a lot, he meant a lot to a lot of people.

“He created a lot of jobs – thousands and thousands of jobs for people and did a lot of philanthropic work too to really help a lot of people. Those are probably, in my opinion, be his greatest legacies. But obviously his sports contributions were beyond significant as well.”

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Former Miami Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga dies at 80

H. Wayne Huizenga (center) in 2009. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

Longtime South Florida sports owner, philanthropist and businessman H. Wayne Huizenga has died. He was 80 years old.

Huizenga owned the Miami Dolphins and their stadium for 15 years and was the initial owner of the Florida Marlins and Florida Panthers.

To read Hal Habib’s obituary illustrating the wide-reaching impact Huizenga had on the sports landscape, click here.

In business, he started Waste Management in the 1960s, was the catalyst behind Blockbuster Video’s growth in the 1980s and ’90s and created AutoNation.

Huizenga was involved in various charities and funded the business school bearing his name at Nova Southeastern University.

He bought a small portion of the Dolphins in 1990 and became full owner of the team three years later. They went to the playoffs seven times during his ownership, and South Florida hosted three Super Bowls.

Huizenga sold the team to Stephen Ross over the course of 2008 and ’09. He sold the Marlins in 1998 and the Panthers in 2001.

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Hard Rock Stadium enhancements add to Dolphins’ future Super Bowl bids

Hard Rock Stadium will host Super Bowl LIV. (Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS—When the Miami Open and Crandon Park arrived at an irreconcilable dispute over renovating the facility, it looked like the tennis tournament would be leaving after more than three decades as a premier sporting event in South Florida.

That was the genesis of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ dream, though. He’s always been intent on expanding Hard Rock Stadium into more than a football venue, and he hated the idea of the tournament relocating to another area. It didn’t take long for him to combine those two interests and pitch the Miami Open on moving to his property.

“I thought Steve was crazy,” Serena Williams said. “But Steve is a visionary.”

Ross, Williams and other key figures in the project were at the stadium this morning for a ground-breaking ceremony, and the tournament will debut on Hard Rock Stadium’s premises next March.

The main court will be a temporary structure on the football field, but the rest of the design is the real gem of the project. Everything Ross plans to build on what is currently parking space could make the stadium even more attractive as it bids for future Super Bowls and College Football Playoff games.

The Dolphins are already scheduled to host the Super Bowl in 2020 (Super Bowl LIV) and the National Championship Game in 2021 and will continue pursuing those events as often as possible.

The Super Bowl is of the utmost importance and almost certainly wouldn’t be returning to South Florida if not for the $500 million Ross put into stadium renovations. This will be the first one since 2010, when the Saints beat the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

“We’re working on it, yeah,” Dolphins president Tom Garfinkel said of chasing future hosting rights. “We want to get one every chance we get. It’s very competitive, and we’re going to work to get as many as we can. We hope that everybody has such a great experience in 2020 that they want to bring more back.”

The upcoming Super Bowl will be in Atlanta’s new stadium, and the game goes to Tampa in 2021 and Los Angeles the year after. The next Super Bowl open for bids is the February 2023 game.

The next opening to host the college title game is 2024.

From 1968 through 2010, the Super Bowl was in South Florida on average about every four years and the next one will give the area an NFL-high 11 times hosting the game. The current gap between Super Bowl XLIV and LIV is the longest since the ‘80s.

The Miami Open might help. The tournament’s move necessitates a 6,000-seat grandstand and 28 other permanent tennis courts being built on the south side of the property. There are also plans for a large promenade that connects to the stadium and can be used for a variety of purposes, including entertainment and dining.

In addition to those more involved projects outside the stadium, the Dolphins are still tweaking the inside of the building. There won’t be any hugely noticeable renovations for the upcoming season, but the team still has subtle upgrades on its to-do list.

“There’s a lot of little things that we’re doing to continue to improve on, so I wouldn’t call it one big thing to showcase, but as we go around, people will notice a lot of little improvements,” Garfinkel said. “We’re fine-tuning a lot of things.”

“Steve really wants—If you walk around the stadium and see things that still don’t look like they’re brand new, we want to make them look brand new. There might be a floor that didn’t get redone and still looks old. Certain things that still look old, we’re gonna enhance them.”

The construction of tennis-related features could be an inconvenience during the upcoming season for the Dolphins and Hurricanes, but the team expects to smooth all of that out by early next year. The overall plan also includes resurfacing and upgrading the outer parking lots and putting in pedestrian bridges and tunnels connecting them to the stadium block.

The promenade has the versatility to accommodate all kinds of advertiser and fan needs for big events, and the grandstand stadium can easily be reconfigured for concerts and other activities.

All of those amenities could be a selling point for the Dolphins when they present plans for Super Bowls, and they’ll get a chance to put all of it on display two years from now.

“For sure,” Garfinkel said. “If you look at the south plaza that’s being created with fountains and landscaping, the whole area, the actual competition court… There’s a way to use it for Super Bowl and other big events like that that enhances the whole experience pre-game.”

That’s the coalescence Ross imagined when bringing the Miami Open to Hard Rock Stadium first became a possibility.

“What we do here in Miami, I think, will set the tone for the future of great sports,” he said. “It’s really about how you treat the fans and giving the great experience that they’re looking for.

“My objective was really to make Miami the sports capital and bring great events to Miami. We have all this land, and I figured there had to be a way to do it. We got the designers involved, and I don’t think you can have a venue like this. It’s going to be like no other.”

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Hard Rock Stadium parking won’t be perfect due to Miami Open, but changes coming

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross anticipates no problems with parking for football games this fall. (Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS—The grand plans to bring the Miami Open tennis tournament to Hard Rock Stadium look spectacular. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ vision to create a world-class sports venue is coming together, and if the actual facility looks close to the renderings on display at this morning’s ground breaking ceremony, it’ll be impressive.

But tennis is still the secondary purpose of this venue, and as the tournament proceeds toward a 2019 relocation from Key Biscayne, there are concerns about how the renovations will impact Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes home football games.

Parking is a chief issue. In addition to the main court inside the stadium, which will be built over the visiting sideline, there will be a permanent 6,000-seat grandstand court and 28 others built in the south parking lots. There’s also a large, triangular plaza being built that runs up to the south side of the stadium.

“First of all, in the future you’re not going to worry about it,” Ross said, half-jokingly. “You’re gonna have self-driving cars.

“But we’ve lowered the amount of seats we have in the stadium from 75,000 to 65,000, so we had excess parking to start with. I don’t think it will impact the parking at all.”

When the project is finished, that might be the case. In the meantime, though, the parking situation won’t be quite perfect for the Dolphins and UM this season.

The Dolphins have long had plans in the works to build pedestrian bridges and tunnels connecting the outer parking lots to the main part of the property, but those won’t be finished until March 2019. There are also plans to repave the outer lots prior to the upcoming season.

Some parts of the tennis facility, including practice courts, will be used for parking at football games and other sections can be converted to parking areas temporarily.

“We do lose some parking spaces right up next to the stadium,” Dolphins president Tom Garfinkel said. “We’re working on a plan to accommodate the fans who are displaced.

“We had ample parking for 75,000 and now we’re down to 65,000 seats. We lose some parking, but we still have plenty of parking and we’re planning on making the parking lots nicer and more accessible to everybody.”

For the Miami Open, it’s a massive increase from 5,447 fan parking spaces to 17,459.

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Jarvis Landry says goodbye, thank you to South Florida in Dolphins exit

Jarvis Landry is officially a Cleveland Brown. (Getty Images)

Jarvis Landry is one of the most emotional players in recent Dolphins‘ history, and his farewell was predictably heartfelt.

The trade that sent him to Cleveland in exchange for a fourth- and seventh-round pick became official this afternoon, and Landry posted an all-caps goodbye note to South Florida.

“MIAMI THANK YOU,” he wrote. “THE FANS, MY TEAMMATES.. FOR THE EXPERIENCE THESE PAST 4 YEARS. I CANT TELL YOU WHAT IT HAS MEANT TO ME AND MY FAMILY.”

Landry added that he is “forever grateful” to owner Stephen Ross, former general manager Dennis Hickey and former receivers coach Phil McGeoghan.”

He did not mention vice president Mike Tannenbaum, who handles player contracts, or coach Adam Gase. The season ended with Gase and Landry yelling at each other in the Kansas City game and Gase calling Landry’s ejection in the finale one of the most embarrassing things he’s ever seen in a game.

Gase spoke glowingly of Landry at the NFL Combine two weeks ago and said he wanted him on the team, even though the team was obviously trying to trade him at the time. Neither has addressed their relationship publicly since the deal was agreed to in principle Friday.

Landry came to the Dolphins as a second-round pick in 2014, No. 63 overall, and made an instant impact. He caught 84 balls as a rookie and got better from there.

In his four seasons with the Dolphins, he totaled 400 catches, 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns. He put up those numbers in a mere 64 games and leaves the franchise sixth all-time in receptions, eighth in yards receiving and 11th in touchdown catches.

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