As part of a continued effort to revitalize a pass defense that ranked in the bottom third of the league in pass defense in three of the last four seasons, the Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran safety Dawan Landry, according to NFL.com.
Landry, a seven-year veteran, had a cap figure of $3.9 million for 2013 before Friday's move. Landry, 30, had started 32 consecutive games in Jacksonville after signing a five-year contract with the Jaguars in 2011. Last season, Landry finished third on the team in total tackles with 100.
Wholesale changes are expected in the Jaguars' secondary for 2013. Earlier this week, the Florida Times-Union reported that the Jaguars won't offer a new contract to free agent cornerback Rashean Mathis. A one-time Pro Bowl cornerback, Mathis owns the franchise-record for career interceptions with 30. Derek Cox, a four-year cornerback, is also set to hit the open market.
|Jacksonville reportedly released safety Dawan Landry on Friday. Landry had 100 tackles in 2012. (USATSI)|
A deep safety class in free agency includes Jets veteran LaRon Landry, Dawan's younger brother. Falcons safety William Moore, meanwhile, is ranked No. 10 on CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco's list of the Top 50 free agents in 2013. Jaguars general manager David Caldwell spent the past five seasons with the Falcons and served as the team's director of player personnel in 2012.
Moore could be the rangy, ball-hawking type of safety that new Jaguars coach Gus Bradley covets. In Bradley's previous role as the defensive coordinator with the Seahawks, he often placed eight defenders in the box while using a cover-3 shell with three defensive backs in deep coverage. Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas flourished in the role, earning consecutive spots on the All-Pro team the last two seasons.
Though Bradley is a disciple of Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, he rarely used two safeties in deep coverage in Seattle in what is known as the “Tampa 2.” The presence of a rangy safety such as Thomas allowed Bradley to be aggressive in his blitzing with his multiple fronts.
“The stereotype behind us in Seattle because I was under Monte was that we were a Tampa 2 team,” Bradley said. “We were more of a single safety, three deep team -- that allows us to have the 4-3 and 3-4 principles.”
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