Late for Work 3/21: Landry Could be in Demand

Plus belief that Zibby could be cruiserweight champion and Cass sets scene at the castle.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 8:13 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Landry Could be in Demand

Safety is one of the weakest
positions in this year’s NFL draft, says ESPN’s Mel Kiper.

And a mediocre rookie draft class could drive the market up on experienced veterans like five-year starting safety Dawan Landry.

In fact, Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times believes Landry will be a “fairly hot commodity” if he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

The Ravens are interested in re-signing the 6-foot, 210-pounder, but Head Coach John Harbaugh knows there could be some competition.

“I talked to Dawan in the past,” Harbaugh told Wilson. “Dawan wants to be a Raven and we want him to be a Raven. The economics is something he’ll have to decide on, but the opportunities are going to be there.

“In this market, how’s it going to go?”

Landry immediately made an impact for the Ravens after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 draft, starting 14 of 16 games his rookie season. He’s continued to be a consistent and reliable player, working well along side Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed in the defensive backfield.

If Landry were to move on from Baltimore, Harbaugh said earlier this month that Tom Zbikowksi and Haruki Nakamura would compete for the starting safety role.

While stepping in for Reed as a starter for six games last season, Zbikowski helped lead Baltimore’s secondary to the No. 3 NFL ranking in average passing yards allowed per game.

Harbaugh believes Zbikowski is “capable of being a starter,” but the third-year Notre Dame product may have to be pried away from his other professional sporting career…

Trainer: Zbikowski Could Win Cruiserweight Championship

Zbikowski recently hired legendary trainer Emanuel Steward, who will be in Tommy Z’s corner on the undercard of the Yuri Gamboa-Jorge Solis featherweight title fight Saturday night in Atlantic City.

The Hall of Fame trainer has been so impressed with his new and young fighter, who is 2-0 in his professional career, he believes Zbikowski could become the cruiserweight champion of the world.

“Based on the fact that Tom already is a boxer – he’s not a wannabe – he would do very well,” said Steward on ESPN’s “First Take.”

“If he can stay busy on a regular basis like this, I figure in about 15 month’s time, he could fight and win the fighter cruiserweight championship of the world.”

Zbikowski was 13 when he first met Steward in 1998 when the veteran trainer was working with Lennox Lewis. The young boy got a picture with his future trainer in a gym in Miami and only reconnected last month when Zbikowski approached Steward in Las Vegas, where Steward was training Miguel Cotto.

“I was very surprised at his boxing ability,” said Steward.

“[He's] very, very well coordinated, got good balance [and] good speed. And he’s really a boxer who plays football also. A lot of athletes trying to cross over just don’t have that. Most of them, I’ve found out, are very good at basketball or football, but it’s very difficult to get the coordination and rhythm of boxing.”

Check out the rest of Steward’s interview:

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