The safety position was a serious priority for the Jets last offseason, and they shored up the position with veteran additions Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry. Landry, specifically, has been very impressive, and injury-free. He is set to start all 16 games for the third time in his career, and first time since 2008.
Landry, who has 95 tackles, seven pass defensed and a career-high four forced fumbles this season, earned a Pro Bowl nod, and keeping the safety for 2013 may not be easy, or cheap.
Last week, Landry told the New York Daily News that he would not take a hometown discount. “I love this organization. I love them for giving me an opportunity,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I’m going to sit down with my agent and my family and make the best business decision.”
Landry’s 2012 salary is $3.5 million, and the expected franchise tag number for safeties, per NFL.com, is $6.798 million. Landry cannot be franchised because of a clause in his contract, but the franchise-tag figure may be in the range of what his asking price will be.
One daily observer singled out Landry as a player the Jets would definitely want to keep among their impending free agents, which include starters Matt Slauson and Dustin Keller. One thing that may work in the Jets’ favor is Landry’s injury history, that could keep other teams from breaking the bank for him.
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