NFL Free Agency

2013 NFL Free Agency: Teams That Should Pick Up Dawan Landry

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 25:   Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans attempts to run past  Dawan Landry #26 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at EverBank Field on November 25, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 8, 2013

Dawon Landry has been a solid safety during his seven years in the NFL and several teams should take a long look at him during free agency.

The Jacksonville Jaguars released Landry, along with cornerback Aaron Ross, on Friday (per ESPN.com):

Landry, who signed with the Jaguars in 2011 after spending his first five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, was expected to make $5.35 million for the upcoming campaign.  Landry, 30, played in 32 games in his two seasons in Jacksonville, registering 197 tackles and three interceptions. He has 559 tackles and 12 interceptions in 98 career games.

The two will now join a free-agent market being flooded with defensive backs, making it interesting to see where they will land.

Landry was a very solid contributor for the Jaguars and there are a number of teams that should consider taking a look at him.

 

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins desperately need someone to help defend in the passing game.  The team allowed 248.4 yards through the air per game last year, putting them at 27th in the league.

Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones don’t appear to be long-term answers at safety.  The two struggled to contain deeper passes last year and the team got burned because of it.

Landry wouldn’t have to move very far if the Dolphins give him a chance. He could help this struggling defense against the pass while also being a leader for the younger defensive backs.

The Dolphins have quite a bit of cap space, so signing Landry wouldn’t be much of an issue.  He would be a cheaper player who can come in and make an impact on this team.

 

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders share a conference with Peyton Manning, Alex Smith and Philip Rivers, so defending the pass is obviously going to be a big thing to focus on in 2013.

Pass defense wasn’t a strong area for the Raiders in 2012-13, allowing 235.9 passing yards per game.  With safety being one of the bigger needs for the Raiders, Landry could fit well in Oakland.

Something needs to be done with Oakland’s defense, as it hasn't been dominant in a long time.  While Landry isn’t the best safety in the league, he will be able to help fill a hole while the team looks for a younger and longer-term option at the position.

 

Washington Redskins

With Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris on offense, the Redskins look to be set on that side of the ball.  The defense, on the other hand, was pretty ugly against the pass.

The Redskins allowed 281.9 passing yards per game last season, the third-worst mark in the league.  The defense against the run was solid, allowing only 95.8 yards per game, but something needs to be done in the secondary.

By trading for the No. 2 pick in last season’s draft, the Redskins lost a lot of draft picks. Landry will be able to come in for a couple of years while the team looks for younger talent at safety through the draft.  It’s a good place for Landry to finish his career, as the team could make a playoff push in the next two seasons

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