The NFL offseason is slowly but surely starting to get rolling. Today was the first day that teams could hit their free agents with the franchise or transition tags and the Miami Dolphins wasted no time in hitting their star wideout Jarvis Landry with the former.
This is notable because Landry was going to be the top free agent pass catcher available on the market and he would have garnered a lot of interest around the league as he was coming off a very productive year. Landry led the NFL with 112 catches while putting up almost 1,000 yards receiving and scoring 9 TDs. I would note that he was selected to the Pro Bowl for a third consecutive year, but honestly, who cares?
Through his first four seasons, the slot receiver has been among the most prolific offensive weapons in the league. He’s criminally underrated, and I’d guess that has a lot to do with the fact that he plays in Miami. There were some rumblings about the Patriots possibly having some interest, but I would have been pretty surprised to see that marriage become a reality. They’ll likely go with a more cost effective option if they decide to add another guy to the stable of receivers.
Now, Landry will go back to New England’s division rival and make about $16.2 million while hopefully not running wild through the Patriots swiss cheese defense.