Jason Cole reports that the Eagles “appear interested” in SS LaRon Landry. What should we make of this?
Cole is a solid reporter. I don’t know that he’s all that tied in with the Eagles, though. He worked in Miami a long time and I don’t recall him having a lot of Eagles connections. This seems more likely to be an agent driven rumor than a team source.
Landry is a highly confusing player. Great talent and potential. He’s about 230 pounds, but runs like the wind. There are times when he looks special, but other times when he is very sloppy. Landry loves big hits. Unfortunately he misses on some. You can think of it as some highlights for him (when he connects) and some highlights for them (when he misses). If he ever became more of a wrap-up tackler, Landry could become a really great SS.
Health is a major issue. He’s had achilles issues and has only played 17 of the last 32 games. The Skins wanted him to have surgery, but he said no thanks and has been trying to get healthy using alternate methods. I’m all for thinking outside the box, but you get the vibe that he might be too much of a free spirit in this area.
The fact he’s also such a weightlifting freak scares me. Landry got defensive last year when reporters asked him if he was getting too big and might be shifting to LB. All in all, he’s a strange dude.
Would the Eagles want him as a SS? Maybe. You can’t help but be fascinated by a guy with his size, speed, and toughness. I just don’t see the move as likely at all. The Eagles invested a 2nd round pick in Jaiquawn Jarrett. They still think he can be a good SS. Kurt Coleman is solid, at the least. Signing Landry would cost a lot and would make Kurt the backup FS and Ja-Jar the backup SS. Just doesn’t make much sense to me.
If you could sign Landry to a 1-year deal, that would be a different story. Ja-Jar could spend another year learning and developing. Coleman would be the #3 Safety. That would be of definite interest. The problem is that I think some team will move aggressively on Landry and roll the dice that he can stay healthy and play up to his potential.
Now…if you want to get weird for a second…what about Landry as a SAM? Remember that last year Juan Castillo said he envisioned SAM as a hybrid S/LB position. He wanted a guy who could cover like a S and play the run like a LB. Landry can do both things.
Really interesting, but unlikely idea. You’d have to get Landry to embrace the move, which I’m not so sure he would. You’d have to figure out how to pay him. There would need to be big money to lure him here, but also some precautions in case he wasn’t able to stay healthy.
I don’t doubt that the Eagles have talked to his agent, whether casually or seriously. This is being thorough as much as showing serious interest. If there is a limited market for Landry, you want him and his agent to know that you’re interested in a short term deal that could work for both sides.
Do remember that the Eagles get used a lot by agents. You’ll see us connected to a lot of players, but at least half of them are guys we are not interested in. Agents leak the Eagles name to help create a market for their clients. Why the Eagles? We generally have money to spend and we have a history of giving out good deals to big names. There doesn’t need to be any truth to a rumor for it to be effective.
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Free agency starts Tuesday at 4pm. Monday and Tuesday could be active as teams rush to re-sign players.
I don’t think the Eagles will be making any signings tomorrow at 5pm. I don’t see any players that are so special you go break the bank for them…based on our needs and team makeup.
The Eagles will be smart shoppers this year.
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I’ll be posting my FA/offseason plan later today. I’ve been agonizing over this thing for a while, trying to figure out what I truly want. Lots of interesting scenarios to sort through. There is no one right or wrong answer to the offseason, aside from addressing LB in a serious way.