After pouring in a fantastic 2012 season, the Indianapolis Colts had to make good moves this offseason to make a return to the postseason. Andrew Luck is going to be a face of this franchise for quite some time, however the decisions the Colts made with their money this offseason will impact the future in Indy.
I was a big fan of what the Colts were doing prior to the team signing LaRon Landry to a four-year deal worth $24M. Landry was on my “do not sign” list heading into free agency as his injury concerns are nothing to scoff at. He was astounding with the New York Jets last season which was a big surprise to those who counted his career over after his five years with the Washington Redskins came to a close.
The Jets got 16 games out of Landry in 2012, but he missed 17 games in the two years prior to this season. Although the safety position lends itself to a lot of injury, the Colts still can’t afford to have replacements in there for half of an NFL season or longer. I understand that Landry brings a physical and bruising menace to a young secondary, but his durability will be a question from day one.
Landry bet on himself this year as he signed a one year deal hoping that his play would elevate him to a monster deal in 2013–after a great season he sure got his money with $14M guaranteed from owner Jim Irsay and the Colts. Landry is going to provide some bone-chilling hits while with the team, however I wouldn’t be surprised if he spends a lot of time on the injury report.
One of the newest Colts will have plenty of time to prove me wrong, but I think Landry won’t be what the Colts are looking for once he’s in his thirties.