The New York Jets lucked out with the acquisition of LaRon Landry last year, but they can’t afford to bring the star safety back in 2013. In Landry’s first season with the Jets, he had his first full season since 2008 with the Washington Redskins and played phenomenally. After earning his first All-Pro nod in 2012, Landry is seeking a contract for $6 million a year and I don’t think the Jets are in good enough shape to re-sign a safety who will be 29 years old in October.
Many thought Landry was washed up after playing in just 17 games in 2010 and 2011 combined, but he came on with a vengeance this year, forcing six turnovers and recording 100 tackles for the first time in his NFL career.
It’s no secret–the Jets are light years away from rivaling the New England Patriots for the top spot in the AFC East and bringing back Landry would only put them further behind Tom Brady and company. I wont dare downplay Landry’s fantastic 2012 campaign, but the facts remain that he is injury-prone and that’s not a trait you want from a safety in his 30s.
Options like Houston Texans safety Glover Quin are being explored as they should be, but the Jets need to steer clear of Landry’s high-price tag. Quin led the Texans in tackles with 247 since 2010 and is extremely durable, playing in all but one game in his four-year career.
An interesting side-note is that Quin spent three years at defensive back and given the questionable status of Darrelle Revis, this move could give the Jets ultimate versatility.