INDIANAPOLIS — Grigson agreed.
"We looked at everyone. We went through the process and we ended up with LaRon Landry. That’s who we wanted, that’s who we targeted and we got him. We felt he was the best option for us [at safety] in this free agent market. I think he’s a game changer. We feel he’s an impact player. We think he’s special. I mean he was in the Pro Bowl," he said.
"His film, I could have my 89-year-old grandmother put on the tape and she’ll know he’s a special talent after three plays. It’s like a stick of dynamite going off when he hits somebody. His range, his top-end speed, his versatility. The word freak is thrown around a lot, ad nauseam, but he is a true freak.”
The addition of Landry means that the Colts might be closing the door on adding Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed to the roster. Indianapolis. however, did make one roster move at the position as strong safety Tom Zbikowski, a starter last season, was released. The move is expected to save the team around $800,000 under the salary cap.
Zbikowski started 11 games in his only season with the team, totalinmg 47 tackles (28 solo), four passes broken up, one interception and one sack. In addition, he returned six kickoffs for a total of 123 yards. The former Notre Dame standout recorded his first interception since the 2009 season in the Week 12 win over Buffalo.
“I mean right now with Antoine [Bethea] and Joe [Lefeged] and adding LaRon [Landry] in the mix, it would make no sense to go any further at this point," Pagano said. "We feel really good about where we’re at.”
The addition of Cherilis and Thomas helps settle things a bit on the Indianapolis offensive line as well.