CHICAGO - OCTOBER 24: LaRon Landry #30 of the Washington Redskins tackles Johnny Knox #13 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 24 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Redskins defeated the Bears 17-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** LaRon Landry; Johnny Knox
According to Dan Pompei with the National Football Post, the Washington Redskins are planning to release safety LaRon Landry, largely due to an injury he's struggling to recover from. Additionally, according to Pompei, Landry is simply looking for a free start.
It was a mutual decision between LaRon Landry and the Redskins to divorce. Landry will be leaving as a free agent. The Redskins made a decision to move on from the gifted safety in part because Landry has not stayed healthy. He still is recovering from an Achilles injury that landed him on injured reserve. Landry did not have surgery on the injury as the team advised him to do. Landry, meanwhile, is looking for a fresh start in a new environment. It is likely he will sign a short term deal.
Not that we're suggesting Cincinnati should go after the safety with arms larger than my car, but there is a definite need for the Bengals to rebuild their secondary, specifically at safety. It's believed that the Bengals aren't exactly interested in bringing starting safety Reggie Nelson, who is expected to become a free agent on March 13, back next year. At least not at the believed contract he's going to demand with over $5 million per season and nearly $10 million in guarantees. Additionally Marvin Lewis has been quoted as saying that the team feels comfortable moving forward with Taylor Mays and Robert Sands.
As for Landry, we're not sure. He's only played 17 of 32 games in the past two seasons due to injury. And during his eight games in 2011, Landry allowed an opposing quarterback rating of 109.0 and a completion percentage of 71.4 -- though he only allowed one touchdown and 159 yards receiving. On the other hand Landry is a strong run defender as a free safety, something that Mike Zimmer has favored with both of his safeties during his reign in Cincinnati.