The Jets and free agent safety, LaRon Landry agreed to a one-year deal this afternoon. Landry has missed 15 games over the last two seasons due to Achilles tendon injuries. Landry’s former employer, the Redskins, pushed Landry to have surgery, but he opted against it. Washington did not pursue Landy this off-season and that opened the door for the Jets.
To me, this isn’t really a big move and it’s pretty telling that Washington didn’t try to retain him. This isn’t the hard hitting, play making Landry from years ago. This is a much slower, injury prone player. Landry is a great tackler and will help the Jets in their run defense, but he is marginal at best in pass coverage. For his career, Landry has only grabbed four interceptions. Slowing down the Gronkowski-Hernandez show will be his biggest task and I don’t think he’ll be capable of doing that.
Finally, Landry wasn’t even the Jets’ first priority at safety. The Jets really wanted Reggie Nelson, but he re-signed with the Bengals. The same goes for ex-Patriot, Brandon Merriweather who signed with the Redskins. Remember, Jim Leonhard had knee surgery and will be a free agent. After Brodney Pool signed with Dallas, Eric Smith was the Jets only safety on its roster.
Landry is a physical player who will help the Jets’ run defense. However, his pass coverage is shotty at best. Add in groin injuries from last year coupled with the Achilles and the Jets have a player with ton of question marks.
Color me skeptical with this move.