News: Jets sign Safety Dawan Landry

The Jets have signed safety Dawan Landry, the team announced today.


Update – 4/10: Landy signed a two-year, $3 million contract, with a $650,000 signing bonus, according to Rich Cimini.


Landry had 176 tackles and an interception in 16 games last season with Jacksonville. In his 98-game career, he has 5.5 sacks, 12 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.  Landry played under Rex Ryan from 2006-08 with the Ravens. He was a fifth-round pick of Baltimore in the 2006 NFL Draft.  Dawan is the older brother of ex-Jet LaRon Landry.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

This is a good signing by the Jets.  Landry helped to convince LaRon to sign in New York last season, so it’s obvious that he liked playing for Rex Ryan.  Last month Landry left a visit with the Jets without signing a contract and had visited other teams.  It’s likely that Dawan Landry might have been looking for a more robust offer, but realized that playing for Rex would give him his best chance to see a good amount of playing time.

Landry is a good in the box safety and is known for his willingness and hard-hitting style against the run.  At present it is fair to say that he would be the current starter at strong safety alongside Josh Bush who would likely play free.  The Jets might address one or both of the safety spots in the draft, but this signing releases the urgency of drafting a safety and gives them at an absolute minimum, a good special teamer and Big Nickel who can start as necessary.