Would the Miami Dolphins listen to trades offers for Jarvis Landry, as Michael Lombardi, a former NFL executive, reported in May on a podcast — and now tweets they’ll “seriously listen?”
The Dolphins people I talked with say that’s not true. They just got Jay Cutler and wouldn’t want to put more on his plate by getting rid of a great security blanket like Landry. They wouldn’t get value for him to help for this season when they’re trying to build on last year’s playoff run.
This isn’t exactly a new thought, as Lombardi suggested it in May, as he said. But it’s taken off again with his current tweet and the fact the Dolphins still haven’t re-signed Landry as they have other players.
Landry is valuable player. Everyone would agree with that. The question is what value you put on him. He’s tied with friend and former LSU teammate Odell Beckham Jr. for the most catches (288) in NFL history in their first three years in the league. That’s something. It tells Landry has been a productive player. But it also says something that Beckham Jr. has 35 touchdowns with those catches and Landry has 13. Also there’s this: Analytics don’t view him as much more than a receiver with average impact.
Is he the 42nd best player in the league, as NFL.com’s Top 100 list had him this year? I think that’s too high. Nor am I buy he’s a Top 10 receiver, the face of this franchise or even should be the best receiver on a contending Dolphins team.
But he’s a good player — and you build your team with good players. So the question is one of cost in the salary-cap era and how much you can put in one unit.
The Dolphins haven’t signed him to an extension for a reason. They’ve extended plenty of others. It became obvious as the summer went on they weren’t going to sign him, with owner Steve Ross even suggesting they could put a franchise tag on him next season. OK, but $16 million for a slot receiver? No chance.
There have been rumblings behind the scene about what was going on. Lombardi caught wind of the biggest of those rumblings. When a report comes like this, you look at the source. Lombardi is a respected name in football who has held various roles — scout, pro-personnel director, assistant to the coaching staff — from San Francisco to Cleveland to Philadelphia to New England. So he has sources across the league. And they’re telling him the Dolphins would trade Landry for the right price.
Why would they?
DeVante Parker is ready to break out. You’ve seen that in the preseason. If he does — if he stays healthy — then that diminishes the role of Landry. And they need to re-sign Parker this offseason. They already sunk good money into Kenny Stills. In the era of the salary cap, can you pay three receivers big money? Probably not unless you’re willing to skimp on another unit.
Does this mean they trade Landry? Of course not. But it’s not a stretch to think they’re seeing how other teams value him.
2. One of the great things about this job is getting to talk with excellence. I asked 10 people who are or were at the top of their profession what their best day in sports were. For some, like Tony Perez, it was the beginning of their careers. For others, like Jason Taylor, is was the end. Ichiro said it was when he was a kid, getting better every day at baseball. All the answers are revealing.
3. So Jesse Davis impressed that much to release Kraig Urbik? Look, you should be able to find guards without expending too much. It’s just that the Dolphins have tried for a decade and keep missing. We’ll see if Davis fills that role. He’s athletic. He’s mobile. He’s strong. Is he ready to start at left guard?
4. On Saturday, it was Miguel Rojas with a sacrifice fly in the 11th. The Marlins keep rolling on their improbable attempt to make the playoffs. They’re 4 ½ out entering Sunday’s game. Their best pitching hope, Dan Straily, is on the mound.
5. I went to a dinner last night and the hosts had bought the mayweather-McGregor fight. It was better than I expected. But some of the reports calling it at great fight had no expectations for a fight at all.
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