Sunday, February 3, 2013

Cro wants Jets to retain Landry for his fear factor


Route-runners are aware of where New York Jets safety LaRon Landry is at all times. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie likes that.

Landry, the Jets' hard-hitting safety, is slated to hit free agency in March. (photo: Pedro Cambra, Flickr)

"... I would like to get LaRon Landry back as well," Cromartie told Brian Costello of the NY Post Saturday while answering a question about his thoughts on Darrelle Revis-gate. "We need somebody on the back end that can cause fear for the receivers and tight ends when they're coming across the middle."

Cromartie, who has been mocked his fair share by fans and media the past few years, has actually been one of the more thoughtful players on the Jets' roster over the past few years. And he's not totally off on this one.

When paired with Revis, who missed most of the 2012 season with a torn ACL, Cromartie rounds out the best cover cornerback tandem in the NFL. But he wouldn't mind keeping a safety around who, in his eyes, completes the secondary.

"Having those two guys as a unit and a whole, I think having us play together for the next couple of years would be great, if that could happen," Cromartie said.

Landry forced four fumbles, defensed eight passes and grabbed two interceptions -- returning one for a touchdown -- in 2012. His 99 tackles were second-most behind linebacker David Harris.

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