Landry: Season has been 'bittersweet'

December, 27, 2012
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- After being named to the Pro Bowl as a reserve, safety LaRon Landry says his first year with the Jets has been bittersweet.

"We’re not in the playoffs, I wish I could’ve contributed to making the playoffs," Landry said, "but it’s sweet to come off a two-year injured-reserved situation and [have] this organization take basically a chance on me. ... I knew the type of player I can be once I’m healthy.

"It’s an accomplishment I always wanted, a goal," he said of the being voted to Pro Bowl, "and I’m happy for that."

Landry was initially hesitant to take a call from general manager Mike Tannenbaum when he called with the news.

"I got a call from the GM on the way home," Landry said. "(I was) contemplating if I should answer the call or not. Didn’t know what kind of situation it was. As soon as I got home I returned his call and heard the news."

Landry, who is a free agent at the end of the season, has said he wants to remain in New York. Making a Pro Bowl roster will certainly improve his market value. Landry said he and Tannenbaum didn’t talk about his contract situation.

"I’m not talking about contracts, I have a great agent and I’ll deal with that when the season is over," Landry said.

His brother Dawan Landry, a safety for the Jaguars, played for Ryan in Baltimore and encouraged LaRon during the offseason when the Jets became interested.

"It’s a great organization and I’ve been a fan of coach Rex (Ryan)," Landry said. "Before I got here, my brother told me all of the positives and there were really no negatives that came from his mouth. I knew the type of defense and what it could be coming into this season."
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.



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