Jarvis Landry franchise tagged by Miami Dolphins

Violet Powell
February 22, 2018

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported the Dolphins would use the non-exclusive tag on Landry, which will cost about $16 million.

With Landry off the market, that leaves Allen Robinson as the most coveted free agent receiver, although he too could be tagged.

The franchise tag can be as rewarding as it can be polarizing for players who are eligible for free agency.

Tuesday was the first day National Football League teams could designate franchise or transition players.

The Bears and other teams seeking to upgrade their wide receivers got no help Tuesday from the Dolphins, who kept one of the NFL's most productive receivers off the open market by applying the franchise tag to Jarvis Landry.

The Dolphins later confirmed the report.

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The Dolphins had two weeks to tag Landry, but hitting him with the tag on the first day of the window removes that March 6 deadline from the dynamics of long-term contract negotiations. He scored a career-high nine touchdowns, but his yards-per-catch average was a career-low 8.8 and he caught fewer than 70 percent of the passes thrown his way (a low rate for a safety valve).

The 25-year-old led the league with 112 receptions in 2017.

If the two sides can not agree to terms on a long-term deal by mid-July, Landry will play the 2018 season on a one-year deal worth about $16 million.

Ryan Tannehill may still be the Dolphins' preferred quarterback, but odds are that Miami will either receive a first-round draft pick for Landry or draft a quarterback.

First Landry would have to fall in love with a team and know that club would offer him a long-term contract.

The question is: Will Jarvis Landry still be a member of the Miami Dolphins after the 2018 NFL Draft?

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