This offseason, when the Indianapolis Colts released safety LaRon Landry, it was a day of celebration for many of our commenters here on the site. That gives you an idea of how he was perceived by fans, who had endured enough of his poor play over his two seasons in Indianapolis, as well as a suspension during the 2014 season (and who, though a free agent, is suspended for the first ten games of the 2015 season too).
It probably won't come as a huge surprise, then, to hear that Landry reportedly wasn't the best teammate while in Indy, either. This is according to ESPN's Mike Wells, who in his weekly mailbag was asked about LaRon Landry (specifically, who would take over as the "biggest jerk" in the locker room for the Colts now with Landry gone). Here was Wells' response:
The Colts had an incredible locker room last season outside of Landry, who didn't want anything to do with the media or much with his teammates, several people told me last season. Landry's teammates went one way and the safety often went the other way. It doesn't work when everybody is not on the same page. It's still early in the offseason, but there hasn't been any indication that the Colts signed any players that could cause headaches inside the locker room.
That's an interesting statement, as Wells is saying that Landry didn't want much to do with his teammates or the media (the latter of which was already pretty clear). It reminds of a statement that wide receiver Reggie Wayne (one of the most respected voices in the locker room) made earlier in the 2014 season while on his radio show with Jake Query and Derek Schultz on 1260 WNDE:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Reggie Wayne on Laron Landry: "He is kind of a guy that sits by himself. We're not gonna judge. I'll just keep a question mark on my face."</p>— Jake Query (@jakequery) <a href="https://twitter.com/jakequery/status/517062710165798915">September 30, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Mike Wells' report seems to corroborate Wayne's statement from earlier in the year, and it's becoming pretty clear that LaRon Landry wasn't the biggest team player while with the Colts. He wasn't the best player, either (and that's putting it nicely). Though he did rack up 147 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two passes defensed in two seasons with the Colts (playing in 23 games and starting 18), the numbers don't come close to telling the whole story on Landry, who was pretty awful for most of his time in Indy and often a liability defensively (particularly in coverage). In 2014, his struggles extended to a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and it took him a number of weeks to earn back his starting spot. From that time on, it appeared as if he would be done after the season as a Colt, and that was indeed the case, as the team released him earlier this offseason. And on top of that all, shortly after he was released by the Colts the NFL announced that Landry would be suspended ten games for again violating the substance-abuse policy, and no team has picked him up yet. Considering his poor play on the field, his suspensions, and the reports of him not being much of a team player while in Indy, that's not really surprising.