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LaRon Landry meets with Patriots, Jets

Washington Redskins free agent strong safety LaRon Landry this weekend had visits with the New England Patriots and New York Jets, and has a meeting with the Detroit Lions scheduled for the beginning of the week.

Landry, whose contract with the Redskins has expired, was beginning to generate interest from at least one other team as well, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

The Redskins drafted Landry sixth overall out of LSU in 2007, and he had begun developing into a dominant force. In 2010, he was in the running for defensive player of the year, recording 85 tackles, a sack and an interception before a strained Achilles' tendon forced him to miss the final seven games of the season.

Landry opted for alternative medicine procedures rather than surgery last offseason, and briefly showed flashes of his old form once the season began. But the Achilles' injury flared back up again, forcing him to end the year on injured reserve yet again.

Landry was told by doctors that he needs surgery to remove bone spurs from the bone in the area of his Achilles' tendon. But Landry again has opted for non-surgical treatments and remains confident he can return to 100 percent.

The Redskins, however, have been hesitant to offer him a contract, and seem content to let him walk rather than take the risk of re-signing him to a lucrative deal that he is unable to fulfill. Landry had said late last season that he was willing to consider a one-year deal from Washington so he could prove he was healthy, and then go after a big contract next offseason. There has been little dialogue between the Redskins and Landry's camp, however, a source said.

Washington last week signed former Chicago Bears safety Brandon Meriweather, also a strong safety.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.


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