Former Ravens safety Jim Leonhard signs three-year deal with Jets
Tuesday, March 3rd 2009, 5:39 PM
Jim Leonhard joins Rex Ryan in the Big Apple as the former Ravens safety signs a three-year deal with Gang Green.
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The remaking of the Jets' secondary is just about complete. Former Ravens safety Jim Leonhard is the newest addition, as he signed a three-year contract Tuesday, according to his agents.
Leonhard will be reunited with Rex Ryan, formerly the Ravens' defensive coordinator. Only 26, Leonhard will start opposite Kerry Rhodes at safety, replacing Abram Elam. This comes only three days after the Jets finalized a trade for former Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard.
Since free agency and trading began last Friday, the Jets have acquired three new defensive starts - Leonhard, Sheppard and inside linbacker Bart Scott, another former Raven.
Welcome to Baltimore North.
Leonhard started 16 games last season, finishing with 69 tackles and one interception (returned for a touchdown). He drew interest from the Broncos and Eagles, with the Broncos reportedly making an 11th-hour bid to steal him from the Jets. The Ravens showed no interest in re-signing him.
The Leonhard-Ryan reunion was the lock of the year. As soon as the Ravens' season ended in the playoffs, he began talking about the prospect of playing for Ryan in New York.
So who do we go for now ? Do we push sheldon to S ? Sign Springs !? Im all ears ! I definately want Andrew B with some stats and oppinion on this lol i miss the stats Andrew !