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Published on 08/04/2012 at Sat Aug 04 15:30.
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Jim Leonhard with the Jets

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,’s Jason La Canfora reported via Twitter.

Leonhard is a 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.


    Nice pickup.


    Is this signing to help us with Carter’s injury or Rahim Moore’s play?

  • Jon

    Nice addition to the team, hopefully he stays healthy.

  • Steve Smith

    We now have four capable starting safety canidates. Three of them are more comfortable at free saftey (Adams, Moore, Leonhard) and the only true strong safety is banged up (Carter). Do you think there has been a change in priorities from years past? Less heavy hitting guys and more coverage specialist.

  • Tim Lynch

    This is to ensure we’re going to win 10-12 regular season games. and 3-4 playoff games. :D