Jim Leonhard DB CLE 11 Days
Leonhard collected six solo tackles in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.
Leonhard continues to fill in at free safety for the injured Tashaun Gipson (knee), giving him modest value as an IDP for the remainder of the season.
Jim Leonhard DB CLE 18 Days
Leonhard recorded seven tackles (four solo), one sack and one interception in Sunday's loss to the Colts.
Leonhard has stepped up big in the absence of Tashaun Gipson (knee), recording an interception in both games that he's filled in for the regular free safety. Gipson's status for the remainder of the season remains uncertain, so Leonhard should continue to see consistent playing time for the foreseeable future.
Jim Leonhard DB CLE 24 Days
Leonhard had an interception and five solo tackles in Sunday's loss to the Bills.
Filling in for the injured Tashaun Gipson (knee), Leonhard proved to be one of the few bright spots on the day. He picked off a Kyle Orton pass in the endzone, and even returned a punt 12 yards. Leonhard may not be a high-percentage IDP play moving forward, but the former Wisconsin Badger still showed that he can be a serviceable real-life safety in his age-32 season.
Jim Leonhard DB CLE 5 Months
Browns signed S Jim Leonhard.
Leonhard and Browns coach Mike Pettine go way back. The duo has worked together with the Ravens, Jets, and most recently the Bills last season, where Leonhard recorded a career-high four interceptions in seven starts. Leonhard should push Tashaun Gipson for snaps opposite locked-in starter Donte Whitner. Turning 32 in October, Leonhard has already said this season will be his last.
Jim Leonhard DB CLE 6 Months
Free agent S Jim Leonhard "has been in talks" with the Packers.
It's the first known interest in Leonhard, though he claims to have had conversations with multiple teams. Leonhard appeared in all 16 games (seven starts) with Buffalo last year, recording 41 tackles and a career-high four interceptions. If he eventually signs, 31-year-old Leonhard plans to retire after this season.
Jim Leonhard DB CLE 10 Months
Free agent S Jim Leonhard said the 2014 season will be his last in the NFL.
Leonhard, 31, appeared in all 16 games for the Bills last season, starting seven of them. He registered 41 tackles and career-highs in passes defensed (six) and interceptions (four). Leonhard has a history with Rex Ryan and new Browns coach Mike Pettine, so he could look to land a reserve/special teams role with either team.
Jim Leonhard DB CLE Jun 15 '79
Bills FS Jim Leonhard practiced with the first-team defense Wednesday.
Leonhard was just signed on Monday and is already listed ahead of rookies Jonathan Meeks and Duke Williams. If Jairus Byrd (foot) is ruled out for Week 1, Leonhard will draw the start in his absence. The Bills only other option would be moving Aaron Williams to free safety.
Jim Leonhard DB CLE Jun 13 '79
Bills signed S Jim Leonhard, formerly of the Saints.
It's an indication FS Jairus Byrd (plantar fasciitis) may not be ready for Week 1. Leonhard was part of the Saints' final cuts. The 30-year-old is familiar with Jets DC Mike Pettine's system after playing for him with the Jets.
Jim Leonhard DB CLE Jun 11 '79
Saints waived or released S Jim Leonhard, WR Preston Parker, FB Austin Johnson, WR Saalim Hakim, OG Elliott Mealer, TE Keavon Milton, TE Michael Higgins, OG Andrew Tiller, C Jeremiah Warren, LB Ray Shipman, LB Rufus Johnson, S Jerico Nelson, LB Baraka Atkins, OT Marcel Jones, CB Korey Lindsey and CB Jumal Rolle.
The fact that Leonhard couldn't crack a secondary that was one of the worst of all time last season bodes poorly for his future. Hakim has speed to burn, but didn't step up in Joe Morgan's absence. Parker hasn't caught a pass since 2011. Tiller was a sixth-round pick in April, as was Johnson.
Jim Leonhard DB CLE Jan 17 '79
Saints agreed to terms with S Jim Leonhard, formerly of the Broncos.