2012 NFL Free Agents: Jets, Bears, Eagles and Redskins in on S LaRon Landry?
Following up Rich Cimini's report that said the New York Jets may be interested in free-agent safety LaRon Landry this offseason, Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole added a few more teams to the Landy mix.
According to Cole, the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins may also look into adding the physical safety once free agency begins on Tuesday, March 13.
Cimini stirred the pot on Landry-to-the-Jets for a couple of reasons:
Now that the Jets have some cap room to be serious players in free agency, I expect them to show interest in S LaRon Landry. They need a safety and Landry probably is the best one in a market watered down by three franchise tags.
Cimini's reasoning is solid on the surface. A tough, hard-hitting safety like Landry would seem to fit the mold for coach Rex Ryan perfectly. Few safeties in the NFL are as physical stopping the run as Landry, too.
But don't forget that Landry has struggled in pass coverage since injuring his Achilles' tendon in 2010. According to Pro Football Focus, Landry gave up a 109.0 passer rating on passes thrown his direction last season and received a "0" grade in pass coverage, which is more or less an average grade.
The Jets need a safety, but they need one that can cover the back end more. Is Landry that guy? I wouldn't be 100 percent confident in that idea.
Let's run down the other three teams that Cole mentions as fits for Landry.
Safety would become a need position if the Redskins lost Landry in free agency. Reed Doughery struggled mightily in 2011 and O.J. Atogwe was underwhelming, so keeping Landry on board has to be a priority for the Redskins defense this offseason. Would he give the 'Skins a hometown discount?
The Bears have struggled to find a viable safety for years. Last season, Chicago trotted out Major Wright, Brandon Meriweather and Craig Steltz with varying success. Signing Landry could give them a long-term option at the position, given he can stay healthy.
Not sure I see the fit in Philadelphia. Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman can play, and Jaiquawn Jarrett is still a youngster learning the ropes. The Eagles have good depth at safety and I'm not sure they'd be willing to spend money on adding an injury-prone player like Landry.
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