Agent for Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry Says No Hometown Discount Coming

It doesn’t sound like Jarvis Landry and the Dolphins are going to have a lot of fun this offseason trying to come to terms on a deal, as the agent for the wide out says that there’s no interest in his client taking a ‘hometown deal’ to stay in South Beach.

“How long has this franchise been around?,” agent Damarius Bilbo said (via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post). “It’s always going to be here. Take a discount? Absolutely not. This may be Jarvis’ first and last time to set himself up and his family up. He needs to strike and strike while the iron is hot. Plenty of guys that were drafted ahead of Jarvis have not performed to his level. Look at Jarvis’ performance level. If you want to compare him to the T.Y. Hiltons and the Doug Baldwins, those deals were done two or three years ago. It’s his time now. He’s next man up.”

Landry and Bilbo could be eyeing Davante Adams‘ deal with the Packers, which pays $14.5MM per year. As Bilbo is quick to point out, Adams did not take a hometown discount in those negotiations.

For reference, Hilton earns $13MM/year and Baldwin makes $11.5MM. From the sound of it, Landry’s camp is aiming higher than that since the cap has increased and the WR market has progressed.

Dolphins Wide Out Jarvis Landry Fined $48,620 for Fight During Bills Game

The NFL hammered Dolphins wide out Jarvis Landry for his role in Sunday’s melee with the Bills, fining the Dolphins wide receiver $48,620 for unsportsmanlike conduct, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

The league did not announce any suspension, however.

Landry was ejected from the game after helping incite an ugly New Year’s Eve brawl with the Bills. He was penalized twice — first for unsportsmanlike conduct, and again for abusive language toward an official.

Landry cursed out the ref three different times during the incident, which also included running back Kenyan Drake. Drake was fined $12,154 for his role in the fight.

Dolphins Bringing Back Jeremiah Washburn as Offensive Line Coach

Adam Gase stuck with a familiar name when it came to filling the Dolphins’ vacant coaching position for the offensive line, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

According to a league source, the Dolphins hired Jeremiah Washburn as the team’s offensive line coach, allowing the assistant with 16 years of coaching experience to return to a unit he served as the assistant offensive line coach for in 2016.

Washburn left the Dolphins to become the offensive line coach in Chicago last offseason, but John Fox’s firing this past week made him a free agent.

He becomes the second former Bears assistant to join the Dolphins staff. On Wednesday the Dolphins hired Dowell Loggains as the team’s new offensive coordinator. Loggains served in the same capacity with the Bears the past two seasons. Gase worked with both Loggains and Washburn throughout his NFL career.

Chris Kuper and Dave DeGuglielmo shared the coaching responsibilities last year, picking up the slack after Chris Foerster was forced to resign in October after a video surfaced online of him snorting a white, powdery substance.

Dolphins Put Safety Michael Thomas on IR with Knee Injury; Claim Bills Safety

The Dolphins placed safety Michael Thomas on injured reserve because of the right knee injury he’s been battling for the past month and then claimed a safety off waivers from Buffalo, which happens to be Sunday’s opponent, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

The Dolphins added former Bills safety Trae Elston on Friday evening. Elston, an Ole Miss product, played in 13 games and started one for the Bills this season, contributing 15 tackles, one interception and one pass deflection. He was primarily used as a core special teams contributor.

The Dolphins become the fourth team Elston joined this year. He began the year with the Cleveland Browns but didn’t make it to training camp. The Bills signed him twice last year, re-acquiring him after he spent a couple of weeks in Philadelphia, and kept him until Wednesday.

The Dolphins had to create a roster spot for Elston and used Thomas’ partially torn posterior cruciate injury to do so.

Dolphins LT Laremy Tunsil Doubtful for Season Finale with Ankle Injury

Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil is doubtful for the Week 17 season finale against the Buffalo Bills due to an ankle injury according to the team’s official website.

It looks like an unfortunate end to what has been a disappointing first season at starting left tackle for the 2016 first round pick. That puts him in good company with his teammates, as virtually every Dolphins player has underachieved in 2017. Fortunately, Tunsil should be completely healed by the start of the offseason program and he has the physical talent to make a big leap in his third NFL season. The Dolphins seem to need a revamp of their offensive line every season but can build around Tunsil for the future.

Dolphins Wide Out Jarvis Landry Says He Wants to Be in Miami in 2018

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who is in the fourth and final year of his contract, said Wednesday that he wants to play for the Dolphins next season. But it wasn’t an unconditional statement, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

“Of course,” he said. “I love Miami. My family’s here in Miami. The fan base is here in Miami. The relationships, this building, this organization, I want to be here. I’ve always believed in being a guy that plays for one team. With that, I hope that opportunity presents itself.

“But obviously getting what you deserve and everything, this is what I work for. So we’ll see.”

Landry, the two-time Pro Bowl selection, has 103 receptions for 895 yards and eight touchdowns this season. The touchdown total is a career best and Landry needs eight receptions to establish a franchise and career best in that category, eclipsing the 110 receptions he had in 2015.

Landry said such a mark would be meaningful.

“It’s everything, honestly,” he said. “To make history, and then re-write your own history, that means everything. Of course that’s a tremendous accomplishment.

“And it’s a testament to the hard work that I’ve put in, to my teammates helping me, my coaches allowing me to make the plays. It’s paid off. It’s paid off, and numbers don’t lie.”

Doesn’t Sound Like Dolphins QB Jay Cutler Will Return in 2018

From all the hints he is dropping, it does not sound like current Miami QB Jay Cutler with be back with the Dolphins after this season, James Walker of ESPN.com reports.

The bigger question is whether Cutler is open to playing for anyone else when he becomes a free agent in the offseason?

“I haven’t thought about it,” Cutler said of his playing future. “You know, I’m focused on [Kansas City]. That stuff will be a concern of mine when the season is over.”

Cutler retired last offseason after not receiving interest following his release from the Chicago Bears. His pay scale and reluctance to be a backup quarterback likely led to little interest, as Cutler signed a broadcast deal with Fox. But when Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first week of training camp, that presented the perfect opportunity to return for Cutler, who signed a one-year, $10-million contract.

Miami’s roller-coaster ride with Cutler, 34, has been an interesting one. He is 6-6 as a starter and has thrown for 2,376 yards, 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Cutler also has an 80.6 passer rating. His numbers aren’t bad, but it’s certainly not good enough to lead the Dolphins to the playoffs.

At times this season Cutler has looked like his old self. His highlight of the year was throwing for 263 yards and a season-high three touchdowns in an upset win over the New England Patriots in a national game on Monday Night Football.

But Cutler also had three multi-interception games, including a season-high three picks last week in a big loss to Buffalo that significantly hurt Miami’s playoff chances. Inconsistency has been an issue for Cutler his entire career and that continued in his 12th season.

“We had some good games,” Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said. “We had some games that I wish we could have a few plays back here and there. It’s one of those things that would have been interesting to see what would have happened if we had more time.

“But being in the position we are right now, we’ll see what happens this week. We’re just focused on winning one game right now and just see how the cards fall.”

Cutler said making the playoffs is his primary motivation at this stage of his career.

“Early on in your career you think you’re going to play forever,” Cutler said. “So if you miss some here or there, you say, ‘Next year, next year.’ As you get older you realize how quickly years start taking off and you have valuable and precious [time].”

Dolphins Place TE Julius Thomas and Guard Jermon Bushrod on IR

The Dolphins placed two more starters on injured reserve Wednesday — tight end Julius Thomas and guard Jermon Bushrod, both with foot ailments — upping their total of starters or would-be starters on IR to eight, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

The IR list: Thomas, Bushrod, quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee), linebackers Koa Misi (neck) and Raekwon McMillan (knee), tackle Ja’Wuan James (hamstring), defensive end William Hayes (back) and cornerback Tony Lippett (Achilles).