Originally written on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 11/19/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 03: Quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan #4 of the Cincinnati Bengals reachs for the ball against Jim Leonhard #36 of the New York Jets 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)

New York Jets safety Jim Leonhard (36) is tackled by Washington Redskins safety Reed Doughty (37) on a punt return during second half action in Landover, Maryland, December 4, 2011. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

The Denver Broncos have signed free agent safety Jim Leonhard to a one-year deal, NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora reported via Twitter.

Leonhard is seven-year player who spent the last three seasons with the New York Jets. He underwent surgery in December to repair a tendon in his right knee. He had spent the last two days visiting with the Buffalo Bills, who reportedly made an offer.

Leonhard confirmed the signing on Twitter.

Perhaps most interestingly, Leonhard has experience as a punt returner. The Broncos are in desperate need for a punt returner with NFL experience, as well as more competition at the safety position. Leonhard fits
both bills.


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