Strong safety LaRon Landry has departed the Redskins in free agency, as expected. The former cornerstone of the Redskins’ defense signed a one-year, $4 million free-agent contract with the New York Jets on Monday
The Redskins drafted him sixth-overall in 2007 with hopes of pairing him with Sean Taylor to create the most feared tandem of safeties in the NFL. Instead, Taylor was murdered during a home invasion that November. Landry’s career in Washington fizzled as he sat out 15 games the last two seasons due to injury.
Landry, 27, was known early in his career as much for his personal foul penalties as his highlight reel hits. He thrived as a strong safety in 2010 after coach Mike Shanahan installed a 3-4 defense, but his success was short lived because of injuries.
He fell out of favor with Redskins management near the end of last season when he did not heed a specialist’s recommendation to have surgery on his ailing right Achilles tendon. The Redskins tired of his unavailability, and they were unwilling to pay him a sizeable contract given the uncertainty of his fitness going forward.
Landry missed eight games last season because of three different injuries – a strained hamstring, his Achilles and a strained groin. It was the second straight season he finished on injured reserve.
This offseason Landry has undergone stem cell treatments for bone spurs in his heel instead of having surgery. He hopes to be healthy in time for the season.
Landry had four interceptions, six forced fumbles and 5.5 sacks in 64 games with the Redskins.
Washington signed strong safety Brandon Meriweather last week.