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Miami Dolphins: 2 Moves to Keep Jarvis Landry in 2018

Michael Hernandez analyzes a plan for the Miami Dolphins to keep Jarvis Landry past 2017.

Miami Dolphins star wide receiver Jarvis Landry is set to become a free agent at the start of the league’s 2018 new league year. Last week Landry’s agent, Damarius Bilbo, said the party is open to contract talks until the opening of the regular season. The reasoning being to not cause a distraction between the front office, Landry, the players, and the media during the season. A possible reopening of talks should happen once the Dolphins regular season ends. 

 

Signing Jarvis Landry before he hits 2018 free agency is imperative for the Miami Dolphins if they want to avoid a bidding war. But if there haven’t been any serious talks or offers by now, chances are there will not be any talks during training camp or preseason either.

 

Many analysts expect Landry to merit a contract of $10-12 million per year, and the Dolphins are due to have $3.25 million in 2018 cap space, according to OverTheCap.com.

 

What?

Only $3 million? 

We are gonna lose Landry!

Same old Dolphins! Giving big money to the wrong players!

 

No need to fear. The Dolphins have a remaining sum of $18.million in 2017 Cap Space, and (barring any new signings this year) will likely choose to carry it over into the next season. This will increase their 2018 cap space from $3.25 million to an estimated $21.45 million. 

 

However, $21.45 million isn’t necessarily enough to sign Landry, 2018 free agents, and the 2018 draft class. If Landry receives a contract of $12 million annually, this will leave only $9.45 million. 

 

But the Dolphins can make 2 crucial moves in the 2018 offseason that will help them with this dilemma—cutting Byron Maxwell and Mike Pouncey

 

Byron Maxwell has a 2017 cap hit of $8.5 million and will be either the Dolphins number 2 or 3 cornerback in 2017His contract does not match his performance on the field as he was benched last season, returned due to Xavien Howard’s injury, and reportedly has had multiple touchdowns scored on him this offseason in OTA’s and minicamp. Despite this, the Dolphins need Maxwell’s veteran presence this season as depth, and a mentor to 3rd-round draftee and fellow Clemson-alum cornerback Cordrea Tankersley. In 2018, Maxwell will count as $10 million against the cap, and will have no Dead Money penalty. 

 

Mike Pouncey is on the “bubble-wrap” plan for now and is due $8.97 million against the cap in 2017. We all know what Pouncey is—great when healthy, and we all know what he’s not—reliable. The Dolphins Pro Bowl center has missed 17 games since 2014 due to hip injuries. The majority of those absences came last season as Pouncey missed the first 5 games, returned for 5, and then was shut down for the rest of the season. 2017 is Pouncey’s last chance as a Dolphin. Come 2018, Pouncey will count as $9 million against the cap with a penalty of only $2 million in Dead Money. 

 

If the Dolphins release both Maxwell and Pouncey in the 2018 offseason prior to June 1stthey will increase their 2018 cap space of $3.25 million to $19.13 million, according to OverTheCap.com

 

$19.13 million + carryover 2017 cap room of $18.2 million = $37.33 million 

 

This amount of Cap Room will be sufficient to re-sign Landry, sign/retain free agents, and the upcoming Dolphins 2018 draft class.


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