Reshad Jones’ message to Jarvis Landry is clear.
Stay patient. Stay the course. You’ll get paid.
“Just continue to do the right thing,” Jones said Tuesday, when asked what he’d tell Landry. “Buy into the system. Be a leader that you are for the team and for the offensive side of the ball. Just continue to do things the right way and this organization will reward you.”
Prior to this season, Jones was rewarded with a five-year, $60 million contract, including $35 million guaranteed.
The Dolphins made the deal when Jones had one year left on his contract.
Now, Landry has one year left on his contract and he’d like a new long-term deal, too.
In past years, Jones has missed voluntary workouts and practices in a protest of his pursuit of a contract.
Landry chose to attend the voluntary sessions this offseason, believing a deal will get done.
When did Jones come to believe Miami will reward the players who stay the course?
“Last year,” Jones said. “They told me to just continue to do the right things. They weren’t going to do things two years before the time. Everything was right. They made it happen.”
At the NFL owner’s meetings in March, Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum said: “There were a lot of guys that played well that were drafted here, coached here, got better here, and we want to reward those guys and take care of them first.”
Landry wants to remain a Dolphin. The Dolphins want to extend him, at a reasonable rate.
“Again, philosophically – organizationally – that’s something we feel really convicted about,” Tannenbaum said. “You go back a little over a year between Mike Pouncey and obviously the quarterback (Ryan Tannehill) and then Cam Wake, Reshad Jones, Kiko Alonso – that was really important to us. We want to do that, and again, be opportunistic. With Jarvis, (we are) really excited he’s a Dolphin. He was drafted, coached here, (had) 288 catches in his first three years. We’re really glad he’s here. From a policy standpoint, we wouldn’t comment on any negotiations, but we’re glad that Jarvis is a Dolphin.”
Landry has one year left on a four year rookie contract with a cap hit of $1.1 million.
His next deal could be worth around $12 million per season.