Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Landry hopes to remain a Jet
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- One of the teams that expressed interest in LaRon Landry last offseason was the Patriots, whom the Jets face Thursday night. Landry took a free-agent visit to New England, but the Patriots reportedly had concerns about his durability.
"It was a great visit, let's leave it at that," the veteran safety said Tuesday. "I'm here. I love where I'm at. This is home and, hopefully, it will remain home."
Landry, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract, will be an unrestricted free agent. There's a clause in his deal that prohibits the Jets from using the franchise tag.
It would be a surprise if they don't try to re-sign Landry before free agency, considering his production. He's second on the team in tackles (63 solo), he has three forced fumbles, one interception and one touchdown. And he hasn't missed a game.
On Tuesday, Landry offered his opinion on the Ed Reed penalty, saying he's glad the one-game suspension was overturned. The Ravens' safety was fined $50,000 for his illegal hit on Steelers WR Antonio Brown.
Landry is a big hitter, so he pays close attention to this sort of thing.
"I'm more than sure it wasn't intentional," he said of Reed's blow to the head. "He's one of the elite guys, if not the best at his position. I'm happy his (penalty) got reduced. It's football, man. Within this game, we have rules. It's going to be enforced.
"The injuries and all the trauma that's coming from the different kinds of hits, you have to enforce that. Even though guys harp on the rules and say it's turning into a prima donna sport, hey, they're trying to protect our future."
Some have speculated that defensive players, restricted by the new rules on head shots, will start attacking opponents' knees.
"Those are legal hits until they change it," Landry said. "You try to play fair. It's a give-and-take type of deal."