Looks like Antonio Cromartie may not need to move to safety after all.
After a very quiet first few days, the Jets have made a big splash in the 2012 NFL Free Agency frenzy by signing former Redskins strong safety LaRon Landry.
Landry visited the New York Jets on Sunday, after visiting with their division rivals, the New England Patriots on Saturday. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
Landry, who will turn 28 during the 2012 NFL season, has played with the Redskins ever since being drafted 6th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft out of LSU. The last two seasons haven’t been kind to Landry, who was sidelined with Achilles tendon both seasons.
Landry will likely play strong safety in the Jets scheme. The Jets could still add a safety in the draft, since Eric Smith has struggled and dealt with injury problems.
With Jim Leonhard a free agent, safety was one of the Jets biggest needs this offseason. Landry adds a big physical presence inside the box, and can still play deep in coverage in a pinch.
If I were Rex Ryan, I’d ask him to lose some of his bulk and regain some of the speed he flashed early in his career after he had to take over the FS position from Sean Taylor.
Not all are fans of Landry.
Dan Graziano of ESPN.com had this to say:
“I guess Landry has fans’ attention because he’s a big name. And in spite of the fact that memories only go back six days in the NFL, there are some images still stuck in people’s brains about big plays Landry used to make once upon a time when he was a healthy player. Oh yeah, when he’s on the field, there are few safeties in the league scarier than Landry. There is no doubting that.
But the reason he’s on the market — and the reason the Redskins are talking to people like Brandon Meriweather while Landry is trying to get visits to other places — is that he can’t get on the field, and the Redskins are sick of wondering from week to week whether they can count on him.”
Thoughts Jets fans? Good sign or bad sign?