DANG: Dolphins Place Franchise Tag on WR Jarvis Landry

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DANG: Dolphins Place Franchise Tag on WR Jarvis Landry

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The on-again, off-again relationship between Jarvis Landry and the Miami Dolphins is back ON again. At least for one more year … and for quite the premium.

Unfortunately, it’s not great news for Chicago Bears fans hoping to upgrade at wide receiver in free agency:

The Dolphins announced they have placed the franchise tag on the talented, yet mercurial wide receiver. It’s going to cost them a little more than $16 million to do so, but it will be money well spent for a receiver who led the league in catches in 2017.

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Landry receiving the franchise tag wasn’t always going to be a certainty.

There was a belief that the Dolphins were going to let Landry explore the free agent market, a move that would have made sense considering some of the not-so-pretty public sparring between the two sides as they tried (and ultimately failed) to come together on a long-term contract extension. Under the franchise tag, the two sides have until July 16 to come to an agreement. If they don’t, Landry will return to Miami under the one-year deal that will net him an estimated $16 million in guaranteed money.

With Landry off the market, Allen Robinson of the Jacksonville Jaguars steps into the spot of most-coveted free agent receiver. However, that could end at any time the Jaguars decide to use their franchise tag on him.

GM Ryan Pace’s biggest offseason challenge was to rebuild a lackluster receivers room. It’s a task that becomes a bit tougher with Landry joining Davante Adams as top targets who remained with their respective teams.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.