Thursday, December 27, 2012
Landry: Season has been 'bittersweet'
By Jane McManus
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- After being named to the Pro Bowl as a reserve, safety LaRon Landry says his first year with the Jets has been bittersweet.
"We’re not in the playoffs, I wish I could’ve contributed to making the playoffs," Landry said, "but it’s sweet to come off a two-year injured-reserved situation and [have] this organization take basically a chance on me. ... I knew the type of player I can be once I’m healthy.
"It’s an accomplishment I always wanted, a goal," he said of the being voted to Pro Bowl, "and I’m happy for that."
Landry was initially hesitant to take a call from general manager Mike Tannenbaum when he called with the news.
"I got a call from the GM on the way home," Landry said. "(I was) contemplating if I should answer the call or not. Didn’t know what kind of situation it was. As soon as I got home I returned his call and heard the news."
Landry, who is a free agent at the end of the season, has said he wants to remain in New York. Making a Pro Bowl roster will certainly improve his market value. Landry said he and Tannenbaum didn’t talk about his contract situation.
"I’m not talking about contracts, I have a great agent and I’ll deal with that when the season is over," Landry said.
His brother Dawan Landry, a safety for the Jaguars, played for Ryan in Baltimore and encouraged LaRon during the offseason when the Jets became interested.
"It’s a great organization and I’ve been a fan of coach Rex (Ryan)," Landry said. "Before I got here, my brother told me all of the positives and there were really no negatives that came from his mouth. I knew the type of defense and what it could be coming into this season."