The Buffalo Bills recently released long-time safety George Wilson, leaving many fans to believe that third-year man Da’Norris Searcy will be a starter at the position. Searcy, a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, had begun to see an increased role during the 2012 season, playing 279 snaps. He recorded 39 tackles and forced two fumbles during his limited action.
Defensive backs are crucial to Mike Pettine’s defensive scheme, and as BuffaloBillsDraft.com points out in their breakdown, the Jets used seven defensive backs a league-leading 17% of the plays. This makes safety, particularly strong safety, an important position that the Bills could be addressing this offseason.
LaRon Landry’s name has been circulating among Bills fans recently, as Mike Pettine has had nothing but praise for the former No. 6 overall pick.
We never thought of [Landry] as a box safety. Here's a guy who ran sub-4.4 [40-yard dash time] coming out, has great range. To me, he's a complete safety because he's an excellent blitzer, his man-coverage skills are solid -- that was one of the things that we studied when we looked at him on tape
Landry Is quite the physical specimen, and at 6’0” 220 pounds he’s a human highlight reel known for de-cleating ball carriers.
Landry played in all 16 games for the Jets this year after signing a one-year “show me” contract in the offseason. He made an impression, recording 99 tackles, four forced fumbles, and intercepted two passes en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
Landry has been rumored to want upwards of $6 million per year as a free agent this offseason, but the connection with Pettine certainly makes Landry a hot target for the Bills.