Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Dawan Landry reunites with Rex Ryan
By James Walker
The New York Jets could not afford keep Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry, who signed a multi-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts. In response, New York signed his older brother.
The Jets agreed to terms with safety Dawan Landry, the team announced Tuesday. Dawan does not have the same athleticism and range as his younger brother, but Dawan was more affordable and has plenty of starting experience. He played all 16 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, and recorded 100 tackles and one interception.
This move also reunites Dawan with Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who coached the safety with the Baltimore Ravens from 2006-2008. New York lost two starting safeties -- LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell -- in free agency this offseason. Dawan Landry knows Ryan’s defense well and should be able to fill one of those roles.
New York doesn't have a lot of flexibility to sign free agents this year. But to get a potential starter this late in the process is a fairly solid move. The Jets have a lot of needs remaining and will look to the NFL draft to fill a majority of them.