Landry has been one of the most productive players in the NFL during his four-year career, routinely ranking amongst the league's elite in receptions.
In other words, Landry nearly certainly will stay in South Florida instead of headlining this year's class of free-agent receivers. For the other 31 teams in the National Football League, however, the franchise tag can test how committed they are to adding said player to their roster.
On the first day teams could use their franchise or transition tags, the Miami Dolphins made a decision to place their non-exclusive franchise tag on star wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
So there's a very good chance the Dolphins will kick off free agency with no money to spend.
The Dolphins later confirmed the report.
If Miami doesn't match an offer sheet, it would receive two first-round draft picks in exchange for Landry by his new team.
Landry will inevitably intrigue general managers, as he's a productive possession receiver in the prime of his career. He scored a career-high nine touchdowns, but his yards-per-catch average was a career-low 8.8 and he caught fewer than 70 percent of the passes thrown his way (a low rate for a safety valve). The person didn't want to be identified because the Dolphins haven't publicly discussed contract negotiations with Landry.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins plan to use the non-exclusive tag that would guarantee Landry, 25, a 2018 salary projected at approximately $16.2 million if he signed the contract.