Posted March 14, 2013

LaRon Landry signs with Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts, NFL Free Agency
LaRon Landry

LaRon Landry made the Pro Bowl in 2012, but he missed 15 games during the 2010 and ’11 seasons due to injury. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The New York Jets were not really sure what they were getting in safety LaRon Landry, when they signed him to a one-year deal last offseason after an Achilles injury sidelined him in 2011. Landry surprised just about everyone by turning in a Pro Bowl season, complete with 100 tackles.

Landry cashed in on that bounce-back year late Wednesday, inking a four-year, $24 million deal that comes with $14 million guaranteed.

The Colts have worked quickly this offseason to improve a secondary that allowed nearly 3,800 yards last season, a number that put them in the lower half against the pass. Already, Indianapolis has re-signed CB Darius Butler and added CB Greg Toler.

Add the hard-hitting Landry in at strong safety, and the Colts might be onto something.

The clear red flag on this deal is Landry’s health — he missed 15 games between the 2010 and ’11 seasons. Should he suffer another ailment or reinjure his Achilles (which healed initially thanks in part to stem-cell treatment), then that $14 million guaranteed will stand as a costly misfire.

Otherwise, the Colts just picked up a 28-year-old, Pro Bowl safety who might be entering his prime.

Grade: B-minus. This feels like one of those deals that either will turn out to be a total success or a massive failure, with no in-between scenario. If Landry stays on the field, he’ll make a huge impact — and he needs to, since the Colts spent so much to get him.

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