In what was expected to be a whirlwind offseason for the New York Jets, littered with top-tier free agents signings and blockbuster trades, the Green and White clinched their first major signing early Monday morning.
LaRon Landry, who spent his first five seasons with the Washington Redskins, will be making a move from the NFC East to the AFC East.
The Jets, a team in dire need of reinforcements at safety, have finally found their starting strong safety—with strong being the operative word. The powerful 6’ 0”, 200 pound defensive back has earned a reputation as the most bruising player at his position. Delivering bone jarring hits is Landry’s specialty and when healthy he’s undoubtedly a Pro Bowl caliber talent.
Staying healthy has been Landry’s Achilles heel—both literally and figuratively—as the brutish safety was placed on injured reserve in 2010 and 2011 after suffering tears in his Achilles tendon, cutting short both campaigns.
Landry avoided surgery in both instances opting for non-invasive treatments including a platelet-rich plasma procedure in 2010 and stem cell infusion in 2011.
The sixth overall pick by the Redskins in the 2007 NFL draft, Landry was regarded as the franchise’s cornerstone player prior to his Achilles injuries the past two seasons.
New York’s front office is willing to take a gamble on the former LSU product, hoping a change of scenery will bring good health and fortune to Landry’s career.
With the Jets search for a starting strong safety officially concluded, Gang Green will need to pair the hard-hitting Landry with a free safety who can prevent big plays down the field.
As the Green and White continue their quest to recruit safety help, the question remains will they target second-tier free agents, or opt to draft their safety for the future?
With so many questions left unanswered and holes yet to be filled, it appears as if the Jets offseason wheelings and dealings have only just begun.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
You can follow him on Twitter @rlaughland
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