The Miami Dolphins seem intent on exploring trade possibilities for Jarvis Landry, but a deal with the Chicago Bears might not be in the works.
In an interview on the NFL Network, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach posts outlines the process the team will take in order to facilitate a deal that nets the Dolphins a return with some value for their talented slot receiver. Miami was scheduled to meet with Landry’s representatives today in Indianapolis as teams gathered for the annual NFL Scouting Combine.
The complicated process begins with the Dolphins asking Landry’s team about preferred destinations. Schad lists the Titans, Ravens, Cowboys, Saints, Panthers, and Cardinals as teams that will be on Landry’s radar. Among the most notable teams left out of the mix are the Bears, who as we all know have desperate needs at receiver and have been connected to Landry throughout the offseason.
Even if the Bears were on Landry’s list, the process doesn’t become any easier. For all of this to work for both parties, Landry will need to be comfortable being signed and traded to a team, then Miami has to work out a deal regarding compensation via trade, and finally, Landry’s agent would then have to work out a long-term contract for Landry. In short, this is anything but easy.
Indeed, trades like this don’t happen often. In fact, it last happened in 2009 when the Patriots designated quarterback Matt Cassel as their franchise player, then traded him (along with linebacker Mike Vrabel) to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second-round pick (34th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft.
In the end, Schad still believes Landry could get a four- or five-year deal worth $14 million annually from whichever team lands him. It just might not be the Bears.