Historically, the Ravens haven't made a big effort to re-sign safeties who have played opposite Ed Reed.
Will Demps and Jim Leonhard both were let go after reaching free agency, with the Ravens opting to fill their void through alternative means rather than give out a multi-year deal to the solid but unspectacular safeties.
Dawan Landry's situation was no different.
Even after starting 64 games over five years in Baltimore, Landry had a feeling he wouldn't be high on the Ravens' priority list last offseason. Given the team's free agent history and the long list of players they also had up for new deals, Landry wasn't surprised that he wasn't retained.
"No, not really, because I knew at the same time they had a lot of guys up (for a new contract)," Landry said on a conference call with Baltimore reporters this week. "With the kicker and punter, Sam (Koch) and Billy (Cundiff), they got signed, Marshal Yanda, I know Haloti (Ngata) was coming up. So no, they just had to sign guys, and unfortunately I wasn't one of them."
Landry got himself a healthy free agent deal from the Jaguars, signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract with Jacksonville that provided $10.5 million in guaranteed money. He admits that if the Ravens had offered a deal close to that of the Jaguars, he would have considered returning, but the contract on his plate what too good to pass up.
"It basically came down to financials and things like that," Landry said. "(The Ravens are) a great organization, but at the same time, I was looking at Jacksonville and the moves they made in the offseason, and I wanted to be a part of that."
Landry will face his former team tomorrow night when the Ravens head down to Jacksonville to take on the Jags. It should be an exciting chance for the 2006 fifth-round pick to showcase his ability against the squad that let him walk on the free agent market, but Landry says he won't be focusing on that storyline when gametime rolls around.
"I'm not trying to put too much emotion into it, you know?" Landry said. "I played five years there. They have a great organization, great team. They're doing great things right now, and it's a formidable opponent for us coming into Jacksonville this week."
The Georgia Tech product's new squad is struggling thus far this season, posting a record of 1-5 through its first six games.
Still, Landry says it hasn't been difficult to adjust from a team that made the playoffs the last three seasons to one that definitely won't be making a postseason trip this year.
"It's not tough," Landry said. "You know, (I'm) just coming to work each and every day, taking the winning approach. At the same time, we lost a lot of those games by a few points - a play here, a play there, and we're back in this. So, I look at it as we can easily be 5-1, 4-2. So, we've just got to keep working."