The Indianapolis Colts have been busy making some key acquisitions to their roster this free agency season. Safety LaRon Landry will give their secondary just the boost they needed.
The Indianapolis Colts have wasted little time trying to fill their defensive needs during this year’s free agency period. Their latest signing gives them some much needed help in their secondary as former New Your Jets and Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry has agreed to a four year contract to join the Colts.
The four year deal is worth $24 million with $14 million in guaranteed pay for Landry. The six year veteran is only 28 years old and started in 15 games with the Jets last season. He played his first five seasons with the Redskins.
One of LSU’s star players in college, Landry rose to fame in the NFL as a Redskin, where his toughness and overall great play had him starting every game he played for them. He accounted for 290 solo tackles as well as four interceptions in the five seasons he played in Washington. When the Redskins let him get away, the Jets were there to sign the star safety.
He made the most of his one year contract with New York, collecting two interceptions last year while regularly out performing a group of guys with more heralded accomplishments and better contracts. Fans took notice as Landry’s impressive season earned him his first Pro Bowl appearance, and several teams around the league took notice as he was one of the top free agents of this year’s class.
With Landry heading to Indianapolis this season, the Colts continue the revamping of a roster that surprised and impressed last season with a record of 11-5, eventually coming up short to the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs.
Landry joins defensive back Greg Toler as well as linebackers Erik Walden and Lawrence Sidbury as part of a brand new Colts defense, one that will be without Dwight Freeney for the first time in 12 seasons. New offensive linemen Godser Cherilus and Donald Thomas are also joining the team, making this a successful opening to this free agency season as the team builds for the future while hoping to capitalize on last season’s rookie success of quarterback Andrew Luck.
Landry is expected to slip right into the starting safety spot on defense, and he represents a significant upgrade over anything the team would have gained in the upcoming NFL draft in April. GM Ryan Grigson continues to add new pieces to what is shaping up to be a winning puzzle for the Colts