John Idzik and the New York jets have taken a step towards addressing their need at safety, signing free agent Dawan Landry. The Jets lost Dawan Landry's brother, LaRon Landry, to the Indianapolis Colts in free agency as well as fellow starting safety Yeremiah Bell. That left the Jets needing some kind of veteran presence at safety after also cutting Eric Smith. As has been true of many of the defensive free agent signings throughout Rex Ryan's tenure with the Jets, Dawan Landry has played for Rex Ryan before with the Baltimore Ravens.
The New York Jets signed Dawan Landry today to help replace his brother LaRon Landry. Dawan Landry was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason after signing a five-year deal with the team after the NFL Lockout. Dawan Landry struggled in coverage and the Jaguars decided to move on.
Rex Ryan has experience with Dawan Landry as he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2006 and played for the team through the 2010 season. That's when he moved on to join the Jaguars following the NFL Lockout. Dawan Landry struggled in coverage and Jacksonville decided he didn't fit into their plans at safety, but he's a solid run support safety. Landry did post three sacks and five interceptions as a rookie in 2006 for the Ravens, so maybe Rex Ryan can unlock his playmaking ability once again.
Dawan Landry has started every game the past four season and has posted 97 tackles or more in three of those years. He will provide run support but isn't great in coverage, leaving the Jets still in need of a free safety to play center field. The Jets may believe that player is one of the young safeties on their roster, possibly Josh Bush, or could still look to address the position in the 2013 NFL Draft. Keep in mind that the Jets lost three players at safety this offseason: LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell and Eric Smith. Antonio Allen can figure into the rotation but is also better-suited closer to the line of scrimmage in an aggressive role.
The team announced the signing of Dawan Landry today. While it helps at the safety position, they could still use a cover safety in the mix. The Jets still have work to do in filling out the rest of the roster and the 2013 NFL Draft figures to be a big part of that process. Afterwards, expect the Jets to finish up with undrafted free agents and the scraps left over from free agency.