Landry will sign the Dolphins' franchise tag, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. It's a $16 million non-exclusive tag, meaning the wideout could still sign an offer sheet with another team but that team would have to forfeit two first-round picks to the Dolphins, a move that is highly unlikely. The three-time Pro Bowler is coming off a season in which he registered an NFL-leading 112 catches to go along with 987 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 16 games. Landry's rookie contract ended after the 2017 season, which would have made him an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Landry relayed via the Pro Bowl that he and the Dolphins are "making progress" toward a new deal, ESPN.com reports. The wideout is eligible to become a free agent this offseason, but he'd like to return to the Dolphins. Landry's tone Thursday with regard to the negotiations was somewhat encouraging, given that he had previously voiced frustration with how things were moving on that front. The 25-year-old wideout was PRR gold this past season, leading the NFL with 112 catches, en route to logging 987 receiving yards and nine TDs in 16 games.
Landry's agent said the receiver is not willing to take a hometown discount to stay in Miami, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports. Landry's agent, Damarious Bilbo, also went on record to defend recent criticisms against the receiver by saying Landry is an emotional and high-energy player who serves as a valuable sparkplug for the offense. Regardless, Landry will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year and, considering he's approaching his age-26 season in 2018, his next contract could be his last opportunity to break the bank. The LSU product is likely looking for a long-term contract in a similar price range as fellow 2014 second-rounder Davante Adams, who recently inked a four-year, $58.75 million extension with the Packers. If Landry and the Dolphins are unable to strike a deal, it's possible Miami could slap him with either the franchise or transition tags, which would pay Landry about $16.5 million or $14.2 million, respectively.
The Dolphins have concerns about Landry's consistency and attitude that may impact negotiations for a contract extension, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Landry can become a free agent in March and wants to be paid as one of the elite receivers in the league. His numbers say he deserves that status, but the Dolphins have concerns other than just money. Landry doesn't always run precise or even correct routes. His emotions have gotten the best of him on more than just a few occasions. Landry also doesn't always get along with his coaches and at times will even ignore what they say. The problem for Miami is all of this may be true, but if they won't pay him, someone will. If Miami and Landry can't come to a deal, he will likely be one of the more coveted players when free agency begins this March.
Landry has been selected as an alternate for the Pro Bowl, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. Landry will replace DeAndre Hopkins, who will be forced to miss the game due to an injury. Landry led the league in receptions this past season with 112 but is still a question mark to return to the team next season. He can become a free agent in March and will likely be one of the more sought-after receivers in the pass-happy NFL.
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