Dec. 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets free safety LaRon Landry (30) intercepts a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
The Colts have inked a four-year contract with Pro-Bowl Safety LaRon Landry (6-0, 220 pounds, 28 years old). The New York Jets had wanted to retain the 28-year-old tackle machine but couldn’t find a way to fit him under the salary cap. Landry’s deal is worth a reported $24 million with $14 million guaranteed according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora), who reported the deal on Twitter around 11:30 Wednesday night. Mr. Grigson, it appears, has been working late.
With Landry, Indianapolis has vastly upgraded the safety position without breaking the bank. Landry has made a name for himself as both a solid tackler and a punishing hitter. He is at his best against the run but can get out and cover well for such a big guy.
Landry was a standout at LSU and was drafted sixth overall in 2007 by the Washington Redskins. In his first three seasons, he was not only a fine strong safety, but also a picture of durability, missing only one game. That all changed in 2010, when he landed on the injured reserve from an Achilles tendon injury after nine games. The next season, he played only eight games and eventually had surgery on the damaged tendon. He then signed a one-year deal with the Jets, where he excelled, playing all 16 games and racking up 100 tackles (76 solo), 2 interceptions, and 8 passes defensed. Because his contract didn’t allow the Jets to use the franchise tag on him, he was able to seek out a long-term deal with a winning team.
Landry’s natural position is Strong Safety, which should allow Antoine Bethea to play his natural position of Free Safety. With the new combination of Bethea’s speed and Landry’s strength and intimidation factor, the Colts will have turned a weakness into an area of strength, should both be able to players stay healthy. This move, coupled with the signing of Greg Toler and re-signing of Darius Butler, should help strengthen Indy’s secondary from top to bottom.
Stay tuned to Colts Authority for further updates as well as a more in-depth look at Landry, and all of the Colts’ major free agent signings this week.
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