Landry signs with Jets; Stallworth rejoins Pats
Strong safety Laron Landry departed the Washington 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 killed 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 shortlived 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 right Achilles tendon. The Redskins tired of his unavailability, and they were unwilling to pay him a sizable 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 51/ sacks in 64 games with the Redskins.
Free agent receiver Donte Stallworth agreed to a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, rejoining the team he played for during its undefeated regular season in 2007.
Stallworth became a formidable third-down option for the Redskins late last season. He had 22 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games.