Last offseason, LaRon Landry signed a 4-year, $24 million free agent contract with the Colts to become Antoine Bethea’s running mate. After one lackluster season together Bethea signed with the San Francisco 49ers, leaving Landry as the top dog among the Colts safeties. Searching for Bethea’s replacement has been a tall task. Instead of addressing the position definitively, the Colts invested in several middle-of-the-road or unproven players to compete to start next to Landry. However, there are a couple of big issues.
First, Landry performed like a below average player down the stretch last season. This offseason Landry elected to continue his trend of not working out with the rest of the team during voluntary organized team activities rather than report to the team early and help make the search for the new starter easier. Instead, Landry waited until this week’s mandatory minicamp to report to the team and couldn’t practice due to a “lower body/soft tissue issue”.
The Colts arguably don’t need anything as much as they need for Landry to play well for them in 2014, which he is more than capable of doing. If he has as inconsistent of a season as he did in 2013 or cannot stay healthy then he will almost certainly receive a heavy dose of scrutiny. However, if he plays to the level that has been expected of him and leads the team’s secondary to a successful season then all will be forgotten. With how delicate of a state their secondary is in, the Colts need the latter.