This past week the NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora reported that the Washington Redskins plan to franchise tag their tight end Fred Davis rather than safety LaRon Landry. Landry has been sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury and may have played his last days in burgundy and gold.
Does that mean he will suit up for the division-rival Dallas Cowboys?
Landry is entering his sixth season in the league after the ‘Skins drafted him in 2007 with the sixth overall pick. He has battled the same tendon injury the past two seasons but hopes to be healthy by next season. He has declined to have major reconstructive surgery that the Redskin doctors have suggested, making many believe he won’t return to the team next year.
With his contract running out on March 13th, the Cowboys may take a look to see how healthy the secondary enforcer is.
Although the Cowboys were pleased with the play of Abram Elam last season, they are still looking to upgrade the safety position. Elam recorded 68 tackles and forced one fumble this season as a Cowboy.
Landry will make fans remember the lackluster years of former Cowboys safety Roy Williams. Both play the safety position physically, and both have high-impact hits throughout YouTube.
However, Landry isn’t a liability in coverage like Williams was. His interception numbers are low mainly from the Redskins using him in zone coverage more than man coverage. His added presence in the middle of the field would allow linebackers like Sean Lee to continue excelling in coverage and stopping the run.
Should the Cowboys take a chance on Landry?
The big question mark is his health. Can Landry get healthy by next season? He believes he can by going through multiple biological matrix treatments to help the body go through its natural healing process. He elected to do this rather than have a major surgery that would limit his range and movement. Landry had three doctors look at his Achilles, and only the Redskins doctor suggested surgery.
As for a contract, any player coming off of injury will only command an incentive-based contract. He can expect one that will reward him for stats and games played rather than guaranteeing large amounts. To put it simply—the ‘Boys won’t break the bank if they sign Landry.
Assuming that America’s Team also upgrades one of the cornerback positions, this would be a solid move for Rob Ryan’s defense. Jason Garrett has had to game-plan against Landry since joining the coaching staff and knows exactly what he’d get.