Potential V.S. Production: Sign Landry And Trade Parker?
Landry and Parker, potential versus production
Now that the Miami Dolphins have come back to reality, and the playoffs are nearly out of the question, Miami is probably just two weeks away from the Offseason.
And when the Offseason hits, what to do with Jarvis Landry will be the biggest question facing the Dolphin.
It doesn’t take price per head software to know Miami will have to spend a pretty penny, if they want to keep Landry. Although, some may say that a team with so many other holes might be better served not spending so much on a slot receiver.
However, Landry is the heart and soul of this Offense and has been a good soldier by not holding out, or even threatening one, this season–… and has mostly kept his hot head temper in check.
Of course, he did have a costly penalty in the Bills game. But that was really the only unsportsmanlike call he’s had all season…
…so I won’t it against him–well not too much.
As far as production goes, Landry is on pace to break his 2015 reception record of 110 catches and come pretty close to topping 1,000 receiving yards for the third time in his short four year career. Sure his yards per catch have gone way down to 8.6, however he has been thrown a lot more quick out passes this season which has greatly effected that average.
Miami needs consistency and that’s what Landry brings
Here’s what you get with Landry in a nutshell:
In the past, the biggest knock on Landry is he didn’t score a lot of touchdowns. However, this season he already has 8 touchdowns, which is only 5 less than the total amount he has had in his first 3 seasons.
Adam Gase made it a point this past Offseason to resign and reward players that played well with new contracts. So what better example on this team is there then Landry who was drafted by Miami in 2014?
Landry has never openly complained about a contract like most diva receivers often do, and has been a Pro Bowl receiver… so please just pay the man–within reason of course.
What message does it send to the rest of the youngsters on this roster, that if Landry doesn’t get paid, then why should they think they will get paid if they outperform their Rookie contracts? Paying Landry only helps to make the locker room see the common and goal and feel the culture of this team.
Now it might get sticky if he wants 15 million a season. But with that being said, I would 100% sign Landry. And I would go one step farther and get rid of Parker.
Parker could be all world… or he could limp through the rest of his career
Parker has been nothing but a shiny McLaren sitting in the garage that never gets used properly and is more for show. Expectations are always through the roof for Parker. However, he always flashes and fades after he suffers a minor injury. One nick and he’s never the same.
So far he has only demonstrated dominance on one route. In year 3 his cuts are still soft and his effort sketchy.
After three seasons of this, the best move would be to cut bait with a trading partner and get a draft pick.. and then use that draft pick to take a shot on another wide receiver. On a side note, I would have much rather have kept 7th round pick Rishard Matthews two years ago, instead of wasting these two years waiting for Parker to play better and toughen up.
Honestly, Kenny Stills can get separation on the 9 route and cause concern for the top of a defense… and he can run other routes. He isn’t as tall, so the catch radius is smaller, but I’d rather have Landry and Stills, than Stills and Parker.
This subplot will be as big as it gets. But if Landry wants reasonable money, then Parker’s future should be with another team in a trade this year or the next. What are the rest of the Miami Dolphins News fans thoughts of my general managerial moves with our wide receiving group going into next season?