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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Jets, Patriots competing for LaRon Landry

By James Walker

We saw this one coming.

Three teams in the AFC East need safety help, and it looks like a pair of division teams will be competing for the top safety remaining in free agency.

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the New York Jets and New England Patriots are both showing interest in former Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry. New York and New England both struggled against the pass in the middle of the field last season. New England, in particular, had the NFL's 31st-ranked pass defense.

The Jets could be looking for two starting safeties this offseason. Jim Leonhard is an unrestricted free agent who had a season-ending knee injury, and Eric Smith struggled last season. Landry would be one solid piece in free agency. New York also could use the No. 16 overall pick to land Alabama safety Mark Barron, who is the best college prospect at that position.

Teams like the Eagles, Lions and Bears also are reportedly showing interest in Landry.