Jets Sign Former Redskins Safety LaRon Landry to Free-Agent Deal

The New York Jets agreed in principle on contract terms with free-agent safety LaRon Landry, a two-time Pro Bowl alternate who missed 15 games the past two National Football League seasons due to injury.

Team spokesman Bruce Speight said in an e-mail yesterday that details of the deal with the 27-year-old Landry were not available.

“After spending time with the organization as a whole, I just felt that signing with the Jets was the right thing to do,” Landry said in a statement posted on the team’s website.

Selected sixth overall by the Washington Redskins in the 2007 NFL Draft, Landry was sidelined for parts of the past two seasons with hamstring, groin and Achilles tendon injuries. In eight games last season he had 1 1/2 sacks, one forced fumble and 48 tackles.

New York was looking for a safety to replace Jim Leonhard, who is a free agent after missing the final three games of the 2011 season with a knee injury, and Leonhard’s replacement, Brodney Pool, who signed last week with the Dallas Cowboys. The Jets made an offer to Reggie Nelson of the Cincinnati Bengals, and were also interested in Brandon Meriweather, who has signed with the Redskins, according to ESPN.

Landry was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2007 and 2008, when he had two interceptions and forced two fumbles. New York’s safeties combined for three interceptions last season.