The Miami Dolphins pulled the trigger early on the first day teams were allowed to use the franchise tag in 2018. The team announced that they had placed the tag on Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry in an unsurprising move on Tuesday.
Landry had played out his rookie deal and is due a payday, something he will now get regardless of whether he stays in Miami or not.
The former second round pick led the league in receptions in 2017, and will earn around $16 million if he plays under the tag this coming season. He is, in fact, able to negotiate with other teams as the Dolphins have used the non-exclusive tag, but it isn't likely that any team will be willing to give up the two first round picks required to pry him away from Miami.
Landry has excelled as a pro since coming out of LSU in the 2014 draft, hauling in an NFL record 400 receptions in his four seasons in Miami. The 25-year-old has some of the best hands in the game, often rivalling some former college teammate Odell Beckham Jr's spectacular one handed grabs.
The dynamic wideout has totaled 400 catches, 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns in his four-year career.
His league high 112 receptions in 2017 helped earn him a third trip to the Pro Bowl and the hefty salary the Dolphins are willing to give him outline his importance to the team.
Only Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins will earn more amongst receivers in 2018 should he play under the tag.
However, that is still no certainty, given the Dolphins' propensity for trades. Miami even considered trading their star receiver before the 2017 season, so all they have really guaranteed is that Landry will not leave for nothing this offseason.
Landry will be hoping to negotiate a long term deal, though it appears that negotiations have been far from smooth thus far. The franchise tags gives him no security going forward, especially in the event of injury.
The former LSU standout even went as far as to say the Dolphins had been disrespectful towards him when speaking on the matter at the Pro Bowl last month:
"From the offer process until this point was disrespectful," Landry said, via ESPN.
"I tried to handle it the right way and figured, if a team values you and wants you to be a part of the team, why haven't they answered in the past month?"
With the tag now in effect, the two parties will have until July 15 to agree upon a long-term deal. If no contract is signed by that date, and he is still on the roster, then Landry will be forced play out the 2018 season under the tag.
Though any trade is unlikely unless the three-time Pro Bowler agrees to an acceptable long-term contract from the new team.
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