According to Tony Pauline, the New York Jets will consider trying to sign Houston Texans safety Glover Quin this offseason as a cheaper alternative to impending free agent LaRon Landry, who is expected to get around $6 million. Landry didn’t play his best season with the Jets in 2012, but he was still decent and will command a large contract from a team need of a safety. I wouldn’t want the New England Patriots to sign Landry, though, mainly due to cost.
Quin is somebody the Texans will really want to re-sign, because he plays the run well and is about average in coverage overall. The Pro Football Focus ranked Quin one spot higher than Landry among impending free agent safeties, and this is something I wholeheartedly agree with.
To me, LaRon Landry is going to be an overrated commodity. Sure he plays the run exceptionally well at the safety position, but he’s quite poor in coverage. This is a guy who is only going to be effective in-the-box, and that should limit his value significantly. Quin, on the other hand, is also strong against the run and has enough ability to hold is own in coverage. He has much better ball skills than Landry, and he’s the better player. There isn’t a huge gap in talent between them, but it’s visible.
So not only would Quin be a cheaper option for the cash-strapped Jets than Landry, but he is also the slightly better player overall. The Jets probably won’t be able to get him, though, because the Texans are locked in on re-signing him and Quin won’t come too cheap either. If the Jets do sign him, hopefully they realize that he isn’t the best blitzing safety in the world. It’s always interesting to see the Texans use him on safety blitzes, because that just isn’t Quin’s forte.
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