Colts sign S LaRon Landry to four-year deal
The Indianapolis Colts have not yet released the financial terms of the deal. However, league sources claim the deal is reportedly worth $24 million, with 14 million in guarantees.
The secondary was the only bright spot on the New York Jets’ disappointing season, and it was in a large part due to LaRon Landry, who remained healthy last season leading the team with four forced fumble, while also recording 99 tackles and a career-high two interceptions, earning a Pro Bowl nod.
The New York Jets are depleted at safety, with no proven veterans under contract. Earlier today, the New York Jets lost safety Yeremiah Bell to Tennessee Titans, who offered the 10th year pro a one-year deal, and they also released top backup Eric Smith. Yeremiah Bell had started every game last season to finish third on the team in terms of tackles.
The New York Jets reportedly made an effort at re-signing LaRon Landry, who joined the team on a one-year, $3.5 million deal last offseason. But even with the recently $15 million freed cap space they still had too many issues to deal with.
Now, LaRon Landry will add a much needed physicality to the Indianapolis Colts’ defense, which ranked 29th against the run last season.
“We’re ecstatic about this signing. We feel LaRon is an absolute game changer and a true impact player. We’re talking about a 220-pound safety that runs 4.3 and plays to that speed,” said Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson in a statement released by the team. “His approach to the game and his style of play are lights out and embody the culture we’re building on the defense and this team in general.”
However, LaRon Landry didn’t have a significant impact during 2010 and 2011, while battling injuries in his last two seasons with the Washington Redskins because of which he was limited to only 17 games. Due to an Achilles tendon injury last year, LaRon Landry didn’t attract great interest during free agency. But this year, LaRon Landry was also hot on the San Francisco 49ers’ radar, although he never visited the team.
During his first five seasons with the Washington Redskins, who drafted him sixth overall in 2007, LaRon Landry totaled 383 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 4 interceptions and 31 passes defended.