Originally written on Queen City Sports  |  Last updated 10/24/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 03: Jim Leonhard #36 of the New York Jets sacks quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan #4 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half of the game at Giants Stadium on January 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Bengals 37-0. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Photo Courtesy of BuffaloRumblings.com Former Buffalo Bills safety Jim Leonhard was spotted at training camp this evening. According to BuffaloBills.com, Leonhard watched from the sidelines, wearing a compression sleeve on his right leg; the leg he suffered an injury to his patellar tendon last season which caused him to miss three games. The Buffalo Bills originally signed Leonhard as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin in 2005. He spent three seasons with the Bills during the Jauron era, appearing in 28 games, starting seven of them. In that span, he recorded 72 tackles and two interceptions, and was an occasional kick and punt returner. However, when he departed the Bills, he went on to play for the Baltimore Ravens for a season before following then-Ravens defensive coordinator, Rex Ryan, to the New York Jets, where his career took off. In three seasons with the Jets, Leonhard made 40 starts as a tough, in the box safety, racking up 180 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and three interceptions. However, the Jets signed former Miami Dolphin safety Yeramiah Bell and opted against retaining Leonhard’s services. Leonard could be a fit for the Bills, especially with the lack of experience behind Jairus Byrd and George Wilson. Da’Norris Searcy is entering his second year, but one injury, and the season could be over. General Manager Buddy Nix reiterated that, stating:
“We’ve got good depth at most positions,” said Nix when Bills training camp opened last week. “The one place I’m a little concerned is our depth at safety. We’ve got three guys and we’d like to have four there that can play.”
Bryan Scott played a hybrid safety/ linebacker role, but Buddy Nix believes it would be unfair to move him back to another position.
“Here’s what we don’t want to do,” said Nix. ”I’d rather not have to move somebody back there if we got somebody hurt. I think that is unfair to them. Sometimes you have to do it. We may have to do it. It really is unfair to them and unfair to our team. If we can be alert here on waivers and whatever is available then we might bring in a safety.”
Nix has a track record of bringing in players off of the waiver wire, including tight end Scott Chandler, defensive end Shawne Merriman, among others, so bringing in Jim Leonhard at a reasonable contract would be a great opportunity for both parties. Leonhard is great on special teams, and could fill in on a rotational basis if needed.
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