The Green Bay Packers are well aware of their woes at the safety position last year. They’re the only team to not record an interception at that spot all season. They addressed that need with a first round pick in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. As a rookie last year, Micah Hyde showed versatility making plays covering wideouts, tight ends, and running backs. But why not add more depth?Wisconsin's Jim Leonhard returns a punt 39 yards for a touchdown in Ann Arbor, Michigan back in 2002.
Veteran safety Jim Leonhard is available. Having another free agent who’s been around the block would not only be an instant upgrade to the low ranked defense, but give him a final shot at a ring. Not to mention, it’s like coming home to his alma mater, growing up in Wisconsin and playing college ball as a Badger. It seems like a perfect fit for everyone. And the two sides have apparently discussed a deal already.
“It would mean a lot, but we’ve had a lot of conversations with teams, Green Bay being one of them,” Leonhard told WQQW-TV, according to Cheeseheadtv.com. “They’re a great organization. I’d love to play for them.”
Leonhard knows the 3-4 defense, playing under Rex Ryan with the Ravens and Jets. He might not have the size or speed, but his smarts make up for any range as what the Pack desperately need is good decision making. That’s exactly what Leonhard can bring at 31 years old.
He capped his 10th season with the Buffalo Bills last year recording a career-high four picks. He’s widely considered a valuable cover man you can count on at the right place at the right time.
Packers GM Ted Thompson doesn’t usually spend much money on free agents. Then again, Julius Peppers is here having brats on Lombardi Ave. Why not sign a proven safety as well?
Leonhard has stated this upcoming season will be his last. What a career cap it would be, to come home, and win the Super Bowl.