According to a report from BuffaloBills.com on Sept. 2, the Bills signed Leonhard on Monday, making him one of six safeties on the Buffalo Bills 2013 roster. Leonhard may fill the void left by another veteran safety, Jarius Byrd, whose play is restricted by at this time by plantar fasciitis.
Leonhard, who was signed by the Buffalo Bills as a rookie in 2005, played 10 games that season as both a safety and part-time punt returner. Leonhard went on to play in 28 more games in a Bills uniform before signing with the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent in 2008. The following year Jim Leonhard signed with the New York Jets.
Leonhard visited the 2012 Buffalo Bills training camp but ended up signing with the Denver Broncos. The veteran safety was recently released by the New Orleans Saints during the team’s final cuts. Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone is happy to have the veteran safety back on board, saying:
“At any position where you have someone that has a lot of experience and is a veteran can definitely help. If you have a veteran at a position it’s like having an extra. It’s a benefit. You feel great about it. They’re going to be able to help.”
The Buffalo Bills season opener has been sold out for months and can be seen on CBS starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8.
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