Much will be made in the follow weeks of what to do with “Dirty 30″, the other half of “Area 51″, Mr. LaRon Landry. Forgive my play on “Benjamin Button” but I just had to put the two posing in the same way together. Now to the nitty gritty. Riggo’s Rag was recently interviewed by BoltBeat.com, a San Diego Chargers Fansided affiliate of our blog. They feel as though they may need to acquire a new safety through free agency this year and they had a few simple questions about Mr. Landry and whether or not he’s a good fit. I’m afraid I was brutally honest. Here’s an excerpt from our talk:
Riggo’s Rag – LaRon is a capable safety. He’s even a top ten safety, when healthy, in most Redskins fans opinions. Landry’s issues on the field are that he’s sometimes a poor tackler and isn’t exactly Ed Reed when it comes to ball-hawking. He is consistent though. He’ll have strings of ten-tackle games, maybe even a forced fumble. He can also consistently miss tackles, or in the case with Brandon Jacobs- get run over.
BB – His injuries?
RR – I’d say they are a major concern until he can prove otherwise. Landry has had hamstrings, groins and several other minor injuries.
RR – If I were the GM of the Chargers I would stay away from Laron unless you could get him at a good price. He’s almost certain not to play up to his eventual new deal, no matter where it is.
I wouldn’t retract a word I said if given the opportunity. LaRon hasn’t played an entire season since 2008, he’s had decent tackle numbers for a safety, but he’s only created ten turnovers in his five years.To put that into perspective, Ravens safety Ed Reed had 32 interceptions and forced fumbles combined in his first five years with Baltimore. Landry has seen his production drop with a rotating door at the other safety position since Sean Taylor passed and I don’t believe he’ll be worth his weight in Muscle Milk throughout the duration of an eventual contract he’ll receiver, either here or somewhere else.
Landry is now undergoing surgery for his Achilles tendon. He is going to be a free agent and is unlikely to see the franchise tag from the Redskins. I believe that Landry can be replaced. Unlike London Fletcher, who is much older and a captain in every sense, Landry is younger and will have to prove if he deserves a long term deal. I believe the Redskins will try to sign him to a short-term one or two year deal and if LaRon and his agent don’t like the (likely lesser) numbers, they let him walk.
The main question that Danny, Bruce and Mike will have to ask themselves is “are there any better options available?” or “Is LaRon the best we can do right now?”
Who knows? Maybe the Redskins draft a safety, maybe they bring Landry back. All we do know is that a position that was supposed to be solidified by the addition of O.J. Atogwe is a huge question mark heading into the 2012 offseason.
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