One day after missing out on S Reggie Nelson, the New York Jets agreed on a 1-year $4M contract with free agent S LaRon Landry. Landry is a strong safety who's good against the run but struggles in coverage. After three pretty strong years to start his NFL career, Landry missed 15 games in the last two seasons due to various injuries. In 2010 he injured his Achilles tendon against the Eagles and later was placed on the injured reserve. On December 15, 2011, Washington's head coach Mike Shanahan stated that he believed Landry "would’ve been defensive player of the year" for the 2010 season had he not been injured. Landry was placed on the injured reserve in 2011 again due to the same injury.
The Gang Green's free agency campaign suffered its first setback today, as S Reggie Nelson, whom the Jets had offered a contract, decided to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals. Now the Jets will have to shift their focus to S LaRon Landry, who visited the Gang Green over the weekend as well. Landry, however, might be a gamble as he suffered a season ending Achilles injury last two seasons. Landry is good against the run but struggled in coverage. The Patriots are also reportedly interested in him.
The Jets finally made some moves today, signing two unrestricted free agents - QB Drew Stanton (Detroit) and WR Chaz Schilens (Oakland). Stanton will serve as Mark Sanchez's backup with pretty much no chance of ever winning the starting job, while Schilens, who's had injury problems, could be a sleeper. Both players were signed to 1-year contracts.
Today was another quiet day for the New York Jets, as one of the two players who were expected to visit them, S Brandon Merriweather, signed with the Washington Redskins and never made it to Florham Park. The other player was QB Drew Stanton, who did make it to the Jets training facility but did not receive an offer. He will have another meeting with the Jets tomorrow.
It was another quiet day for the New York Jets, as the Gang Green re-signed PK Nick Folk, who spent last two seasons with the team. Folk converted only 76% of his field goal attempts last season and the Jets intend to bring another kicker to training camp to compete with him.
The New York Jets re-signed LB Bryan Thomas, who suffered a season ending injury last season, to a 1-year veteran's minimum. Thomas, 32, is the longest-tenured Jet who was drafted by the Gang Green in the first round in 2002. Once labeled a "bust", he never lived up to expectations of being the next John Abraham but did develop into a solid outside linebacker who started in 74 games since 2006. Thomas is a solid run defender and the Jets' perimeter run defense struggled without him last season.