Jets sign safety Dawan Landry, replaces brother LaRon
A quiet offseason for the Jets got a little louder on Tuesday with the signing of safety Dawan Landry to a free-agent deal.
The older brother of LaRon Landry, who played with the Jets last season, Dawan Landry spent his first three seasons in the NFL with the Ravens under Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who was then defensive coordinator in Baltimore. Dawan Landry, who was released by the Jaguars last month, was solid a season ago when he started 16 games and registered 100 tackles, the second highest total in his career.
A team source told Metro New York that Dawan Landry became an attractive target for the Jets due to his ability to stop the run.
The signing helps fill in another roster slot as the Jets’ overhaul on both sides of the ball continues. So far this offseason, the secondary lost the aforementioned LaRon Landry to free agency and cut safety Eric Smith, a veteran player who was a leader of the backend.
Unlike his brother, who has struggled with injuries, Dawan Landry has been relatively healthy for much of his career. The seven-year veteran has started 96 of the 98 regular-season games he has played in. The only blip in his career came in 2008 when he played just two games after suffering a spinal concussion injury early in the season. He has not missed a game since that season-ending injury in 2008, a span of 64 straight games started.
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