According to PhiladelphiaEagles live, free agent safety LaRon Landry is visiting with the Eagles today.
Safety has been a position with some question marks heading into this offseason. Nate Allen will assuredly return to fill the free safety position but the strong safety position is open for competition.
Kurt Coleman and last year’s second-round pick Jaiqauwn Jarrett are the incumbents and arguments can be made that one of them, especially Jarrett, should improve with experience and solidify the strong safety position.
But neither of them made a strong case for themselves last year and Jarrett did not show enough “promise” to make me feel at ease.
When healthy, Landry is an excellent in-the-box safety and can lay the wood with the best of them. However, health is the key issue when talking about Landry.
He’s been hampered by a problematic achilles tendon the past two seasons, both of which he ended on injured reserve. He fell out of favor in Washington because he has refused to get surgery to correct the problem and instead chosen to use an alternative healing method.
In essence, Landry is an injury risk that the Eagles or any other team that signs him will have to gamble on.
Landry doesn’t have the cover skills to make him a premier safety, but he would give the Eagles something they’ve sorely lacked since the departure of Brian Dawkins – an intimidating presense in the secondary.
He is the type of player that will make receivers keep their head on a swivel when crossing the middle of the defense on short routes and will significantly help in the run defense. In other words, he provides some physicality which is something the defense needs.
Is he worth the risk? I wouldn’t invest too much money in him for multiple seasons, but if he gets the green light from the medical staff he’s definitely worth a one-year deal to see what he can do.