When the New York Jets signed LaRon Landry last offseason, they knew there was a good chance he would end up being a one year rental. LaRon Landry was looking for a chance to prove that he was healthy and still one of the best safeties in the NFL. The Jets were desperate for help on the back end. The Jets took a leap of faith that LaRon Landry would stay healthy and he repaid them with a Pro Bowl season. Now it's Landry's turn to be paid and it won't be with the Jets.
LaRon Landry played like one of the best safeties in the NFL last season for the New York Jets and now is looking to get paid elsewhere. The Jets aren't going to be able to meet his contract demands unless John Idzik is able to pull off some major salary cap wizardry. Rich Cimini of ESPN has reported that LaRon Landry will be seeking a salary in the range of $6 million per season.
LaRon Landry is definitely worth the money. If it was viable for the Jets to meet that number, there's no way they would let him walk. It's a shame that the team is in such a position, but poor drafting and some bad gambles have left the team in salary cap hell. That means they have to make some tough decisions. This one really isn't a tough decision, more like a tough reality.
The Jets ranked second in the NFL in pass defense, one season after their secondary was shredded by opposing tight ends. More than anything, personnel changes at the safety position made the difference. Those additions were LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell. While some were concerned about LaRon Landry's coverage skills, he provided an intimidating presence for receivers trying to go over the middle and putting themselves at risk of getting caught in his crosshairs.
LaRon Landry finished with 99 tackles, two interceptions, four forced fumbles, eight passes defensed and a touchdown. He was recognized by his peers and the fans, voted into the Pro Bowl. The Jets will need to find someone to fill his place in the lineup, but it will be tough to truly replace him.