Jarvis Landry says he's 'making progress' with Dolphins

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, and despite airing out some frustrations last week about the lack of progress on a new deal, he's trying not to focus on it. He indicated that he would like to return to the Dolphins, though.

"We're making progress," Landry told ESPN in an exclusive interview Thursday. "We're working. Hopefully it'll work into something, but honestly, I'm here to enjoy the Pro Bowl and let the rest take care of itself."

Landry told the Miami Herald last week that he felt the Dolphins' handling of the situation has been "disrespectful."

"From the offer process until this point was disrespectful," Landry said. "I tried to handle it the right way and figured if a team values you and wants you to be a part of the team, why haven't they answered in the past month?"

When asked about feeling disrespected, Landry told ESPN, "It wasn't their treatment [of me], but just how the process goes. It's something I don't truly understand. But it's a blessing that I've prepared my whole life for. I'm excited about it. I'm just happy to be here at the Pro Bowl for the third time and be with my family, share those moments."

Landry led the NFL with 112 receptions this season. He posted 987 yards and nine touchdowns -- which tied for the third-most touchdowns of any wide receiver in the league in 2017. His 400 receptions since 2014 are also third-most in the league during that span.

His agent, Damarius Bilbo, confirmed to ESPN that discussions with the Dolphins have been ongoing.

Landry hasn't given much thought to testing the waters of free agency if it got to that point. Would he be willing to play under the franchise tag, which would be about $16 million in 2018?

"I just want to play football. I love the game," Landry said. "I love everything about it. I love being in that locker room, my teammates, being with the guys and going out there and competing every Sunday or Monday or Thursday or whatever it is to win a game. For me, that's what it's about. That's the most important thing to me, the most important factor to me."