Depending on your overall outlook of life and things that happen in it, the recent news about Miami Dolphins star wide receiver Jarvis Landry may either thrill or concern you. After all, the news that Landry will not hold out as he as the Dolphins attempt to sign a new contract would normally be met with overall joy and happiness from all fans of the player and the team.
However, it was a comment from Landry’s agent that truly concerns me about the coming scenario. When revealing that Landry would not hold out in order to get a new deal and would not continue negotiations once the regular season began, Landry’s agent also stated that the team and player have not even began to discuss monetary values that the deal would be worth.
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To me, that shows two things. One is that the Dolphins are still committed to making it’s players earn new contract which is a smart move by itself. However, the second thing here is that the team has not even tried to price out a number for it’s star player and likely face of the franchise for years to come if all parties get there way.
Honestly, this seems like a big roll of the dice from the Miami Dolphins. Unlike earlier in this offseason when the team extended the contract of Reshad Jones and re-signed Kenny Stills, both players presented little flight risk when the team chose to wait a full season before beginning to talk about new contract.
While this strategy almost bit the team when it came to Stills — no one thought he would breakout like he did in their defence — it did work out when it came to Jones. However, unlike those two players, I would classify Jarvis Landry as a flight risk. Considering his skill and playing style, Landry will receive a major contract next offseason from one team or another.
Allowing Landry to get to this stage would likely hurt the Dolphins in multiple ways with the biggest pain potentially coming from the team losing Landry during free agency. While there has been no indication of this from the player, do you think it is worth the risk. After all, Landry is the face of the franchise and a player that the team has built it’s offense around.
If Landry re-signs now or later, then it will be no harm, no foul. That said, if the Miami Dolphins do play this game of chance and lose out, they will not only look foolish but be down one star wide receiver and one major leader in the locker room.