With all reports leading to the New York Jets not being able to afford LaRron Landry, it looks as if his time in New York is near to being over.
Landry came to the Jets in 2012 as a free agent, signing to a one-year deal. Per a clause in his contract, the Jets weren’t able to use their franchise tag on him; otherwise they would have likely used it. Landry will ask for too much money, money that the Jets don’t have, so it’s unlikely that he will be with the green and white next year.
It’s a sure thing that Landry will be remembered for the smash mouth defense he played that coach Rex Ryan has been preaching all along. He is the ideal Jet, and it’ll be sad to see him go if that ends up being the case. If you ever wanted to see Landry, he was always around the ball, and he was always laying down hard hits, punishing the receivers on the opposite end.
Landry finished the 2013 season with 99 combined tackles, two interceptions, and pro bowl honors. Alongside Yeremiah Bell, who also is expected to not return with the Jets, the safety duo was regarded as one of the better tandems in the game today. Eric Smith, also a part of that secondary, was released by the Jets in February. The Jets will have to revamp their secondary as they are potentially losing the two stars they had on the defensive side of the ball, in Landry and Darrelle Revis.
Whether they draft a rookie, or dip into free agency, the Jets will have a new look secondary come August, and it probably won’t involve Landry being in the green and white.