Jacksonville Jaguars safety Dawan Landry is expected to be released later on Friday. Lnadry has been a starting safety for the Jaguars over the past two season. This past season he proved to be the 9th most overvalued safety in the league.
Jaguars releasing S Dawan Landry today.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2013
Landry would count $3.9M dead money. … Previous staff disappointed in his range late last year. #jaguars
— Ryan O’Halloran (@ryanohalloran) March 8, 2013
Landry came with Dwight Lowery to the Jaguars and provided an immediate upgrade at safety for the team. However, his play is easily the weak link behind Lowery’s much better performances. With the release of Landry, the Jags will likely need two safeties, with the underwhelming Chris Prosinski remaining on the roster (for now) behind Lowery.
Landry posted six passes defensed, three interceptions, half a sack, and was in on 196 tackles during his two years with the Jaguars. Pro Football Focus had this to say about Landry’s 2012 season:
Landry’s season was dragged down by three poor performances against Houston, Detroit, and Buffalo. Still, even without those poor games he didn’t offer much beyond average, not excelling in any part of his game. Average players shouldn’t be making that kind of money, even less so when they are prone to a few poor games per season.
This move makes the Jaguars a potential suitor for a second tier safety and possibly interested in picking up a higher-caliber safety in the 2013 draft.
– Luke N. Sims
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