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. Personally, I am on record as believing a slot receiver at over $16 million is ridiculous, though I do understand not letting a quality young player walk out the door for only a future comp pick. A person familiar with the team's plans tells The Associated Press that the Dolphins hope to sign Landry to a multi-year deal.
Landry, 25, led the National Football League with 112 receptions last season.
We're talking about Antonio Brown/DeAndre Hopkins-level money for a guy who took 65 percent of his snaps in the slot last season. So why did the Dolphins decide to put the tag on Landry so quickly?
Landry was ejected in the fourth quarter of the season finale, a loss to Buffalo, and coach Adam Gase said the episode was embarrassing and "extremely bad". That means he will not hit free agency on March 14. The person didn't want to be identified because the Dolphins haven't publicly discussed contract negotiations with Landry.
First Landry would have to fall in love with a team and know that club would offer him a long-term contract.
In four seasons since being drafted in the second round, Landry has made the Pro Bowl three times.
In 2017, Landry produced career-highs in receptions (112) and receiving touchdowns (9), and tied a career-high in first downs (60).
If Miami doesn't match an offer sheet, it would receive two first-round draft picks in exchange for Landry by his new team. And even if you think he is, it still doesn't make a lot of sense for Miami to apply the tag as early as the team did.