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March 15, 2013

Colts busy in free agency

INDIANAPOLIS —

After adding five veteran free agent players to the Indianapolis Colts roster on Tuesday, general manager Ryan Grigson plucked two more plums late Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon.

New York Jets safety LaRon Landry and San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois both signed contracts with the Colts. Landry, a strong safety who appears to be a bigger version of former Indianapolis Pro Bowler Bob Sanders, and the versatile Jean-Francois are expected to make immediate impacts on the Colts' defensive unit.

Both Landry (2003-06) and Jean-Francois (2005-08) played collegiately at Louisiana State.

A first-round pick by Washington in 2007 (sixth overall), the 6-foot, 220-pound Landry spent five seasons with the Redskins. He was with the Jets last year, posting career highs in tackles (113) and forced fumbles (four), while tying his personal best for interceptions (two). He was selected for the Pro Bowl for his efforts.

"We're ecstatic about this signing," Grigson said in a prepared statement. "We feel LaRon is an absolute game changer and a true impact player. We're talking about a 220-pound safety that runs 4.3 and plays to that speed. His approach to the game and his style of play are lights out and embody the culture we're building on the defense and this team in general."

Landry signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Colts, with $14 million being guaranteed.

Jean-Francois, meanwhile, was a seventh-round pick by San Francisco in 2009. The 6-3, 295-pound defensive lineman spent the last four seasons with the 49ers, recording 51 total tackles and registering two sacks last season.

He had 21 tackles and two sacks during the final three games of the regular season. Jean-Francois notched five tackles during San Francisco's post-season run to the Super Bowl. He had 106 career tackles with three sacks, two passes broken up and a forced fumble.

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