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Jets sign top free-agent safety Landry to one-year contract

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The free-agent safety signed a one-year deal Monday with the Jets, filling one of New York's most pressing needs.

"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 released by the team. "When you factor in that Rex coached my brother and the family-oriented demeanor, it just felt like home. It made the decision real easy for me. They have a top-notch support staff and facility and I really feel that I can prosper here."

With starter Eric Smith the only experienced safety on the roster, the Jets focused on addressing the position in free agency. Landry visited with New York on Sunday, and had a number of other teams interested in him despite finishing last season for Washington on injured reserve with an injured left Achilles tendon.

ESPN reported that the deal was for $4 million.

With Smith and rookie Tracy Wilson, a practice squad call-up, as their only safeties, the Jets spent the last several days trying to help themselves in free agency. They lost out on Reggie Nelson, who was in for a visit but chose to return to Cincinnati, and Brandon Meriweather, who signed with the Redskins.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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