Aside from Troy Polamalu or Ed Reed, LaRon Landry is widely regarded as the best safety in the league.
Landry was having a stellar year but ended up finishing the final eight games of the 2011 season on IR with an Achilles’ tendon injury, which happens to be how he ended the 2010 season.
The injury should be completely healed by the start of next season and should not be of any real concern when teams start vying for his services.
He will command something in the area of $7-8 million per year which will put him up there with the highest-paid safeties in the league, but he is going to be worth it.
His ability to come in and give this secondary instant credibility and stability makes him worth the steep price tag, not to mention the Vikings front office won’t find a guy like this in the 2012 draft.
Other than the services of Darren Sharper for a few seasons, the Vikings have struggled mightily at the safety position over the past several years, and they haven’t had a prolific run-stopping safety since the days of Robert Griffith.
The time for a change is now, and it could start with Landry.