Six Million Reasons To Stay?

In case what you weren’t sure what LaRon Landry was hoping to get in his next contract, here’s what Rich Cimini wrote yesterday about Landry’s contract hopes for 2013 in his secondary review.

They probably will lose Landry, who is believed to be seeking at least $6 million a year.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

As Corey talked about on the podcast today, Landry was a big reason that the Jets secondary were able to collectively step up in the absence of Darrelle Revis.

Six million in 2013 is going to be a hard number for the Jets to swallow based on their current predicament.  Smart money would say that the Jets won’t be the team to honor those contract demands.  Landry has made it known that he wants to stay in New York if at all possible.  Working backwards from that end state, the only way I could see the Jets meeting his asked price is if they back-end the contract to boost the value and short him on the front-end of the deal, and then cut him somewhere in the middle.  Of course, Landry and his agent probably won’t be foolish enough to go for that type of a deal structure, but that’s really the only way I could see him actually staying in New York.

Rex likes to have versatile safeties he can move up and back, but beggars can’t be choosers.  The Jets will miss Landry, but the good news is that this is a year that will feature a number of options in free agency that will have better coverage skills than we’ve seen in the past two years and the draft class isn’t that shabby either at the free safety spot.  When you add in that the Jets might promote Josh Bush it then comes down to filling the more run and blitz centric strong safety spot, a much easier fill to make.