The New York Jets have the league’s worst cap situation, and that could prevent them from signing an impending free agent the team covets in safety LaRon Landry, According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News via Twitter, the Jets have “made it known” that they want to re-sign Landry, but Mehta writes that it is unknown as to how much Landry will want on the open market.
I did read a post from Rich Cimini of ESPN New York that Landry is expected to go for $6 million on the open market, which isn’t an expensive price tag. However, it might be too expensive for the Jets, because their cap situation is just that bad. It seems to me that most Jets fans want Landry back, as he is easily their best safety at a position that isn’t exactly strong outside of Landry. Although he struggles in coverage and didn’t have his best season, Landry plays the run as good as any safety in this league and holds plenty of importance to this team.
The Jets view Houston Texans safety Glover Quin as a cheaper, Plan B option to Landry. I actually think Quin is the better player, because he is better in coverage. But the difference between both players isn’t significant, and Quin probably won’t be much cheaper than Landry anyway. The Texans have made it known themselves that they view Quin as a priority this offseason, and I have a feeling the Jets have a better chance of keeping Landry than signing Quin.
Maybe the strongest bargaining chip that LaRon Landry has on his side is the fact that the enforcing safety was able to play in all 16 games last season in his first year as a Jet, which was a rarity for him with the Washington Redskins.
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