The Miami Dolphins and wide receiver Jarvis Landry were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension over the offseason. Without a deal in place, the 24-year-old Pro Bowler will be feeling the pressure over the course of the 2017 season.
Bill Barnwell of ESPN recently compiled a list of 15 players that have the most at stake heading into the season. Barnwell projected a worst-case "prove-it" deal for each player, as well as a "breakout" deal for everyone on the list.
When it came to Landry, Barnwell projected the following:
Short-term deal: $9.5 million
Breakout deal: $47 million
Difference: $37.5 million
Landry has been an integral part of the Dolphins' offense since he arrived in Miami in 2014. He has recorded 288 receptions in his three-year stint in the NFL, but his future is far from determined.
Barnwell went on to assess the Landry contract situation with this summary:
After re-signing Kenny Stills this offseason, the Dolphins don't appear especially interested in locking up Landry for the long term. Offseason contract talks went nowhere, and it seems plausible that Miami doesn't think its slot wideout is worth paying No. 1 receiver money, which is what Landry should rightfully ask for given his production over the past three seasons. Landry's Dolphins didn't play in Week 1 because of Hurricane Irma, but from 2014 to '16, he was fifth in the NFL in receptions and 12th in receiving yards.
Even if the Dolphins don't view Landry as a receiver worthy of being paid like a primary option, another team that is hungry for a premier playmaker might view his value differently. Barnwell describes the scenario with his forecast of the potential market for the former LSU standout:
Landry's skill set isn't going to be valued by every team, but with the league moving more and more to the three-wideout set as their base offense, some team is going to pay Landry as if he's a top receiver. A great year from Landry wouldn't net him Odell Beckham Jr. money, but Landry wouldn't be all that far off from his former LSU teammate.
The Dolphins will have some cumbersome decisions to make when it comes to their wide receiver budget moving forward. Kenny Stills has already been handsomely rewarded, and DeVante Parker's future contract discussions will likely gain steam as his rookie deal nears its completion.
You can read Barnwell's full story by visiting ESPN.
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