“We’re ecstatic about this signing,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “We feel LaRon is an absolute game changer and a true impact player. We’re talking about a 220-pound safety that runs 4.3 and plays to that speed. His approach to the game and his style of play are lights out and embody the culture we’re building on the defense and this team in general.”
Landry, 6-0, 220 pounds, started 79-of-80 games played with the Washington Redskins (2007-2011) and New York Jets (2012) and holds career totals of 534 tackles (395 solo), 39 passes defensed, six interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, 10 forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks and five fumble recoveries.
Last season with the Jets, Landry earned a Pro Bowl selection after posting career highs in tackles (113) and forced fumbles (four), while tying his personal best for interceptions (two). In Week 7 at New England, he posted the second-highest tackle total of his career when he made 17 stops (14 solo) to go along with one pass defensed.
In 2010, Landry logged 101 tackles (73 solo) in nine starts to go along with 11 passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 1.0 sack.
In 2007, Landry became the first Redskins rookie since 2001 to start every game of the season. He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Defensive Team after finishing third on the Redskins with 97 tackles (62 solo) and 11 special teams stops. In Washington’s NFC Wild Card playoff game at Seattle, he recorded the first two interceptions of his career when he picked off quarterback Matt Hasselbeck twice in the fourth quarter.
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Indianapolis has lost two players via unrestricted free agency – cornerback Jerraud Powers and quarterback Drew Stanton.
Powers joined the Colts in 2009 as a third-round draft pick. He started 34 games over his first three seasons, while opening eight contests in 2012.
Powers ended this past season on injured reserve with a toe injury. He started every career appearance and played on the club’s 2009 Super Bowl XLIV squad.
Stanton opened four of 12 career games with Detroit from 2007-11, then departed for the New York Jets. The Colts obtained Stanton in a trade with the Jets last March.
Stanton was the only veteran quarterback on the Indianapolis roster last year, but he saw no action as rookie Andrew Luck took every offensive snap.
His departure leaves the Colts with two quarterbacks, Luck and Chandler Harnish.
The Colts wish the best for Powers and Stanton.
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The Colts’ receiving corps has taken a new shape. Donnie Avery has joined Kansas City.
Avery came to the Colts last year after recovering from a knee injury that shelved him in 2010 after two productive seasons with St. Louis.
Avery played in eight games with Tennessee in 2011, then joined the Colts last March as an unrestricted free agent.
Avery was signed because of his speed and ability to stretch a defense. He did so very well with the club last year.
Avery ranked second on the club with 60 receptions, while his 781 yards ranked third. His three scoring receptions tied Dwayne Allen, behind T.Y. Hilton (seven) and Reggie Wayne (five).
Avery held a 13.0 average, snaring passes in the first 15 games. Perhaps Avery’s most memorable game came in Detroit when he caught five passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns. It was his 14-yard scoring reception at the gun that helped Indianapolis earn a 35-33 comeback win.
It marked the first time since 1990 the Colts won a game on a last-play touchdown pass.
Avery started 15-of-16 appearances and ranked third on the club with nine receptions of at least 20 yards.
We wish Donnie continued health and success.
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