Jarvis Landry is a member of the Miami Dolphins, for now.
There's speculation the wide receiver could be traded after some peculiar activity was witnessed on his personal website Friday and Saturday. Landry took down the index page on JarvisLandry.com, instead having it redirect to the Go Daddy website. Several items listed on the website are on sale, particularly those associated with Miami colors, or Landry's No. 14 he wears with the Dolphins.
The Dolphins placed the franchise tag on Landry on Feb. 20, committing to pay the wideout $16 million for the upcoming season. Technically, the Dolphins and Landry have until July 16 to agree to terms on a long-term extension, before his only option is to sign the one-year contract. Another option, of course, would be to trade the three-time Pro Bowler. His $16 million franchise tag is crippling to the Dolphins’ salary cap situation, and would make it all but impossible for them to be active in free agency.
NFL.com has identified the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Jacksonville Jaguars as teams with needs at the wide receiver position. The Browns, 49ers, and Bears have an abundance of salary cap room, and possess the financial flexibility to pull off a sign-and-trade deal for Landry. It should also be noted that Landry is best friends with New York Giants superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Miami also owns the rights to nine selections in the upcoming draft, including the 11th overall pick. They have multiple picks in the fourth and seventh rounds, allowing the franchise to address any outstanding needs via the draft after posting a disappointing 6-10 record last year.
The NFL Scouting Combine and NFL Draft are two prime opportunities for the Dolphins to discuss a trade with other teams. There would surely be plenty of suitors for Landry's services, after he hauled in 112 passes for 987 yards and nine touchdowns last season. The combine gets underway next week, while the draft is scheduled for April 26-28 in Texas.
It's unclear what the future holds for Landry, as neither the team, or Landry's representatives, have commented on the situation to this point. Either way, Landry appears poised to cash in. He'll either get a long-term extension from the Dolphins, rake in a lucrative $16 million salary to remain in Miami for one more year, or earn a multi-year contract from another team in a sign-and-trade scenario.
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