Landry, 30, was released by the Colts on Feb. 11 with two years remaining on his contract. If any NFL team should sign the free agent for next season, he would have to first serve his suspension.
The Colts were without him for five games last season due to a four-game suspension for violating the same policy and an additional week spent on the NFL Commissioner’s Exempt list.
The eighth-year pro’s latest transgression continues a precipitous fall from being a 2012 Pro Bowl player with the New York Jets. He signed with the Colts in 2013 for four years and $24 million with $11 million guaranteed, but then his career began to unravel.
Landry made 26 tackles in his first two games with the Colts, then got hurt. And he wasn’t the same player again. He missed four consecutive games. Upon returning, he averaged 6.1 tackles in the remaining 10 games.
Last season, he started the first four games before being suspended. Landry didn’t earn his starting spot again until the regular season’s final two games. He then started all three playoff games. He finished 2014 with just 47 tackles in 11 regular-season games, then 17 stops in three playoff games.
Instead of being the punishing player the Colts had expected, he often missed tackles and proved to be a liability at times in pass coverage. After starting 18 of 23 games in two seasons with 134 tackles and 2.5 sacks, the Colts decided they had seen enough and cut their losses, saving $3 million in salary cap space.
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