by Joe Fortenbaugh
March 14, 02013
Struggles in the secondary that led to the league’s 21st-ranked passing defense in 2012 had the Colts entering the free agent period looking to make some upgrades. Wednesday night, Indianapolis continued that process by locking down a brand new safety.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that the Colts and free agent safety LaRon Landry have come to terms on a four-year contract worth $6 million per year with $14 million guaranteed. Indianapolis becomes the third team Landry will play for in as many years.
A 220-pound bruiser out of LSU, Landry recorded four interceptions in 64 games with the Redskins before signing with the New York Jets last season, where the 28-year-old amassed 100 tackles and two picks in 16 games.
The hefty payday adds to an already impressive display of spending by the cash-heavy Colts, who had shelled out $34 million to offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, $15 million to cornerback Greg Toler, $16 million to linebacker Erik Walden and $14 million to guard Donald Thomas, prior to acquiring Landry.
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