New York Jets Sign Safety Dawan Landry
LaRon Landry—who signed a one-year deal with the Jets last offseason—bolted for a four-year, $24 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts after being named to his first Pro Bowl in 2012.
This was a nice signing by general manager John Idzik and fills a void in the secondary. Landry recorded 100 tackles last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars but was cut before the beginning of free agency. He was due to make $5.35 million in Jacksonville and was released after two seasons with the Jaguars.
The signing reunites Landry with Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman. He played under Ryan and Thurman for three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.
Dawan Landry plays much like his brother. Not known for his coverage skills, Landry is a hard-nosed safety who knows Ryan's system and can step up and make plays in the running game. Ryan will also likely use him in his complicated blitz schemes.
The Jets lost their top-three safeties from a year ago: LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals and Eric Smith, who was cut by the Jets.
Landry joins a young safety group consisting of Antonio Allen and Josh Bush. Both players were late 2012 draft picks and did not play much in the base defense. Landry, 30, is a proven starter who can immediately bring experience to the secondary.
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