This is the time of year when impending free agents are in limbo. Teams are trying to decide who to re-sign and who to let gauge other offers. The New York Jets have a number of questions that need to be answered. Not the least of these issues is soon to be free agent strong safety LaRon Landry. Landry was signed last offseason for a one-year deal. While establishing himself as a top player at his position, the hard hitter was only worth a short term deal.
As he started 16 games in 2012 Landry did so for only the first time in his six year career. The former Washington Redskins star was a tremendous tackler for New York piling up 100 total stops. Landry only had two interceptions, but his coverage skills have always been his second specialty. On paper, a secondary of Yeremiah Bell, Landry, a healthy Darrelle Revis, and Antonio Cromartie sounds dangerous. A lot of factors will be in play this summer. Financially of course, New York is a tough spot.
The bottom line is this: LaRon Landry is a Pro Bowler. Defense was the reason that New York won six games in the first place. Rex Ryan’s unit still finished with a number five ranking. He is said to want around $6 million per year. At such a price tag New York should find it a solid move. Restructuring certain other contracts may have to happen first, but it is worth it. As long as Landry can stay healthy, his toughness and ability make him vital.