Jarvis Landry wants to be paid like he’s one of the NFL’s top playmakers, but the two-time Pro Bowl receiver isn’t stressing the stalled negotiations between his representatives and the Miami Dolphins.
“We gonna get it some kind of way, you know that,” Landry said, referring to a lucrative deal, which could average more than $11 million a season based on what the top 10 receivers in the NFL are earning.
The money will either come from the contract extension Landry hopes to get done with Miami before his deadline, which is the Dolphins’ regular-season opener on Sept. 10, or it will be from the franchise tag the Dolphins could use in 2018 to retain the former LSU standout.
Or maybe it’ll come from another team if the Dolphins decide not to use the franchise or transition tag on Landry to ward off other interested teams, such as Miami did with Olivier Vernon during the 2016 offseason before he signed with the New York Giants.
“I want to focus,” Landry said, explaining his self-imposed cut off for negotiations at the unveiling of his signature backpack with SprayGround. “I believe that Miami is where I want to be. Miami is the place I call home. I want to be able to give my all mentally, physically and emotionally this season.
“Once the season starts I just want to put all that behind me and win the Super Bowl,” said Landry, who is the 107th-highest-paid receiver in the NFL.
According to Landry, who caught 94 passes for 1,136 yards and four touchdowns last season, the threat of Miami using the franchise tag — which is often used to gain leverage in negotiations — does not concern him.
He’s scheduled to make $893,850 this season, and the franchise tag for receivers in 2018 is projected to be around $16 million, which is all guaranteed. Put those two salaries together and Landry would make $17 million over the next two seasons, and potentially become an unrestricted free agent at 26. However, he’d have to make it through 2017 and 2018 healthy to reach that point.
The Dolphins, who have a little over $17 million in cap space available, are not in position to use the franchise tag in 2018 because Miami already has $180 million committed to 61 players.
However, that $17 million in cap space will likely be carried over to next offseason, and Miami could clear $15-20 million by releasing players, and restructuring deals like they do every offseason.
Complicating the negotiation is the fact that the receiver market belly-flopped during free agency this offseason, with DeSean Jackson getting the best deal, a three-year, $33.5 million contract from Tampa Bay that features $20 million in guaranteed money.
Alshon Jeffery, who played with a franchise tag in Chicago last season, signed a one-year deal worth $9.5 million with Philadelphia. Terrelle Pryor, who had a dynamic season in Cleveland, signed a one-year deal worth $6 million with Washington.
However, upcoming free agents like Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins, Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins and New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham could reset the market next offseason.
“I am comfortable in my situation. For me, I love the game so much, and this is absurd to say this, but you shouldn’t be paid to do what you love. I love the game that much,” Landry said. “But obviously I have people to take care of. I have a mom and a family. But at the same time I love the game so much [the money] doesn’t even matter to me right now.”