Landry signs with Jets; Stall­worth re­joins Pats

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

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.

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