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Dolphins Use Franchise Tag On Jarvis Landry

Jarvis Landry is about to get a substantial pay raise.

The Miami Dolphins announced late Tuesday that they placed their franchise tag on the 25-year-old, three-time NFL Pro Bowl receiver that led the league in receptions (112) this past season.

Landry, who was making $894,000 this past season, is set to make upwards of $16.2 million under the franchise tag in 2018. While the Fins will be shelling out a heap of money to its most productive receiver, Miami did cover itself in a sense – given that the team is using its non-exclusive tag.

A non-exclusive tag allows Landry to sign an offer sheet with another team. If he does and the Dolphins choose not to match the offer sheet for Landry, Miami would be due two first-round draft picks from Landry’s new team.

While Landry is still a young receiver, very much in his prime, he likely won’t command an offer from another team given the steep price they’d have to pay to supplant him from Miami.

Landry and the team have been working on a multi-year deal, but talks have remained tepid over the past weeks. Placing the tag on him allows the franchise to continue talks while placating the receiver with the inflated salary.

One of the things that may have been counterproductive during negotiations was some of Landry’s on-field antics.

The 2014 second-round pick was ejected from Miami’s season finale loss against the Buffalo Bills when he “instigated” a brawl during the fourth quarter. According to game referee Jeff Triplette, Landry head-butted and hit Buffalo safety Jordan Poyor and “disrespected an official”.

Miami head coach Adam Gase called the incident – which also resulted in the ejection of Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake after he slung a Buffalo helmet across the field – “embarrassing”.

Landry has a charted history with Buffalo, though. During the 2016 season, he delivered a “cheap shot” on Bills defensive back Aaron Williams.

Landry was fined $24,000 for the hit, but, unfortunately, Williams’ career was ultimately ended as a result of the blindside shot he took Landry.

Still, Landry is – arguably – one of the top slot receivers in the NFL. He totaled 987 receiving yards and nine touchdown receptions while setting the league-high reception number in 2017.

His 400 career receptions are the most in the NFL through the first four seasons of a player’s career and he already ranks sixth in Dolphins history. Landry also broke his own single-season, Dolphins franchise record for receptions (110 catches in 2015) while becoming just the fourth player in league history to record at least five receptions in all 16 games – joining Jimmy Smith (2001), Pierre Garcon (2013) and Antonio Brown (2013 and 2014).

J.T. Wilcox
J.T. Wilcox is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked in South Florida for more than a decade. He authors "The Bald Predictions" blog and "The Baldcast" podcast.

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