Jarvis Landry has two years left on his contract and will be looking for an extension next season, however he wont come cheap. Based on his production and other contracts, Landry will be looking to get paid as one of the highest receivers in the league.
The Jacksonville Jaguars just made a smart move and locked up Allen Hurns while he is still cheaper. Hurns was signed to a four year 40 million dollar contract, averaging 10 million a year with 20 million guaranteed. Hurns has been one of the jaguars most productive receivers over the last two years catching 115 passes for 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns. Hurns has been on the upswing and signing him now will likely save the Jaguars an average of five million dollars a year.
You can bet that Jarvis Landry is paying attention to this Hurns deal. Landry has been the Dolphins most productive receiver over the past two seasons and will want to get paid like it. Over the past two seasons he has caught 194 passes for 1,915 yards and nine touchdowns. Landry has also been productive in the running and return game. Last season he rushed 18 times for 113 yards and one touchdown and returned 36 punts for 356 yards and one touchdown.
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The 194 receptions that Landry has caught is an NFL record for most in a players first two seasons. He was elected to his first Pro Bowl and chosen for the NFL’s top 100 players. He has quickly elevated his play to elite caliber and will only be looking to be more productive this season. But along with production will also come dollars.
Unlike players like Lamar Miller and Olivier Vernon, the Dolphins cannot let Landry “graduate” to another team. The Dolphins need to see Landry for what he is, not only an incredible talent on the field, but a leader in the locker room and face of this franchise. Landry’s value cannot only be counted on the number of touchdowns he catches but also his ability to lead the offense. He is not an expendable player, but a key piece in this teams success.
When you look at the contracts for the highest paid receivers they average from 12-15 million dollars a year and from 25-45 million dollars guaranteed. As everyone knows in the league, guaranteed money is the only money that counts. If Landry’s production increases this season he will have every reason to demand a contract in that range and the Dolphins would be wise to give it to him. Don’t expect a home town discount, don’t expect for Landry to take it easy, this young man wants and deserves to get paid.
After this season Kenny Stills will be an unrestricted free agent. The Dolphins will be hard pressed to sign Stills and extend Landry, but when it comes down to it Landry is the priority. The Dolphins are in a hard state when it comes to their salary cap with so much tied into a few players like Suh, Tannehill, and Brandon Albert. They will need to make some tough decisions in order to tie Landry up because waiting will only push the price higher.
Even as it stands now, It won’t be cheap.