Larry French/Getty Images
Earlier this offseason, the Jets made a peculiar move and signed LaRon Landry (pictured) to a one-year deal that will pay the safety $4 million. For the last few seasons, the safeties have been the Jets' weakness. With their veteran leader, Jim Leonhard, getting hurt mid-season in 2010 and 2011 (both season-ending leg injuries), that area of the secondary got even weaker.
With this addition, it looks as if the Jets' starting safeties will be Landry and Eric Smith. Eric Smith has been getting a lot of flak over the last few seasons, as his play has not been at the level most have expected him to perform at. His inability to cover, mainly tight ends, led to a big hole in the Jets defense last year, as tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and Brent Celek went for big games against New York in 2011.
It is unclear whether or not the Jets will bring Leonhard back in 2012, as he is an unrestricted free agent, and they are most likely waiting to see how healthy he will be once the season starts.
The Jets currently have the sophomore Tracy Wilson out of Northern Illinois at safety, who could make a play for a starting safety job in 2012, as no one’s starting job is currently secure there.