The Redskins let former first-round pick LaRon Landry leave as a free agent because they weren’t convinced that his injured Achilles would be able to withstand the rigors of an NFL season. It appears that the Patriots passed on signing him for the same reason.
Landry visited New England the first weekend of free agency but left without a contract. According to Boston.com beat reporter Shalise Manza Young, the Patriots passed on signing Landry because “the medicals on Landry’s oft-injured Achilles’ tendon came back iffier than they expected.”
I don’t think that “iffier” is a technical medical term or anything but it certainly seems like the Pats let Landry go for the same reason the Redskins did.
The Jets signed Landry a few days after the New England visit and Rex Ryan sounded very confident about the player’s health. “We feel good about him medically and everything. Wait till you see this guy. As impressive as he looks, see if he’s not knocking the tar out of everybody.”
The organization, however, did not put its money where Rex’s mouth is (almost always a prudent move). Landry’s one-year deal is worth a maximum of $3.5 million and half of that is in per-game roster bonuses. He will have play to get paid.