2012 NFL Free Agents: New York Jets Sign LaRon Landry; What's Next?

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IMarch 19, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21:  LaRon Landry #30 of the Washington Redskins is introduced before the game against the New York Giants during their game on December 21, 2009 at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It took nearly a week for the New York Jets to make their first big splash of free agency, and it turns out it wasn't that big of a splash at all.

The Jets signed safety LaRon Landry to a one-year deal worth $4 million according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

The New England Patriots were said to be in the market for Landry, but Bill Belichick is clearly too busy signing every wide receiver on the market.


What Does It Mean?

Landry has played in 17 games over the past two seasons, missing significant time due to injury including eight games last year in which he played through an Achilles injury. Adding him is likely just as an insurance policy.

The Jets' depth chart at safety reads like a giant question mark. Eric Smith has been peaks and valleys throughout his career, but struggled in 2011. Jim Leonhard is a free agent and is coming off knee surgery, but a return isn't out of the question. His replacement, Brodney Pool, was signed away as a free agent by the Cowboys.

Landry isn't known as a coverage safety, but the Jets will find a role for him as an in-the-box safety that can help in clean-up against the run. 


What's Next?

The Jets might not have much space to work with on the salary cap, but they have a few more spots to fill.

They still need to get younger at outside linebacker, with Calvin Pace (31 years old) and Bryan Thomas (34) making up the only battle tested talent at the position. 

They could also add another wide receiver or two, even after adding Chaz Schilens last week.

And even with this latest acquisition, the Jets may not have their answer at safety if Landry can't stay healthy or isn't a fit.

All that being said, the Jets may have to wait until the draft to make any more big moves.