Jets sign free-agent safety Dawan Landry

Jacksonville Jaguars safety Dawan Landry (26) celebrates with

Jacksonville Jaguars safety Dawan Landry (26) celebrates with the fans after stopping the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Credit: AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Jets announced Tuesday that they have signed free-agent safety Dawan Landry, the older brother of hard-hitting safety LaRon Landry, a former Jet.

After spending the past two seasons in Jacksonville, Dawan will be reunited with Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman, his defensive coaches in Baltimore from 2006-08. The Jets did not release terms of the deal.

"I think Dawan Landry is one of the most underrated guys in this league,'' Ryan said in December before the Jets' game at Jacksonville.

The Jets lost their starting safeties to free agency, with LaRon Landry joining the Colts and Yeremiah Bell going to the Cardinals. Their departures helped open the door for Dawan Landry, 30, to join the Jets after his release last month.

Coincidentally, it was Dawan who convinced his brother to sign a one-year deal with the Jets last offseason. The move to Florham Park ultimately paid off for LaRon, whose first Pro Bowl selection paved the way for a four-year, $24-million contract with Indianapolis in March.

Now it's Dawan's turn to prove he, too, can be a potent weapon in Ryan's secondary.

"My big bro just sent me a text sayin "Jet life to da next life'' . . . congrats big bro.'' LaRon Landry tweeted Tuesday.

Dawan Landry started 98 games over the past seven seasons, five of them with the Ravens. He made 100 tackles in 16 games for the Jaguars last season, according to NFL.com.

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