One of the biggest issues the Washington Redskins face this offseason is how to resolve the future of LaRon Landry. The free agent strong safety is one of the more dynamic players on the Redskins defense, but he has been beset by injuries in the last two seasons.
The 27-year-old is currently troubled by a long-standing Achilles problem, but has resisted the option of surgery. With his health status so uncertain, the Redskins will likely be reticent to offer the five-year veteran a long-term deal.
If Landry is allowed to test the market, the Redskins could end up losing a valuable defensive playmaker. But if the front office opt to give Landry a one-year contract and the former 2007 first-round pick returns to form and proves his health, he will be able to command huge money when negotiating fresh terms.
In this scenario, the Redskins could well find themselves engaged in a bidding war for Landry's services 12 months from now. It's a tricky dilemma for Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen and the simplest solution might be to look for a fresh start at the strong safety position.
But Landry wouldn't be easy to replace. When available, he is a key part of Jim Haslett's defensive structure. Here is a list examining the credentials of four potential replacements for Landry, should the Redskins decide to look for a more low-risk alternative.