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Leonhard signs with Broncos

New York Jets' Jim Leonhard talks to reporters

New York Jets' Jim Leonhard talks to reporters in the Jets' locker room in Florham Park, N.J. (Jan. 2, 2012) (Credit: AP )

CORTLAND -- Jim Leonhard is now playing for Tim Tebow's old team.

The former Jets safety Jim Leonhard announced on Twitter Saturday that he has signed a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos. 

"It's never a bad day to sign an NFL contract. I'm proud to be a Denver Bronco. Time for work," the free agent tweeted.

CBS NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora first reported the news. 

The Jets chose not re-sign Leonhard this past offseason because he still was in the process of rehabbing his injured knee. The safety, and former "quarterback" of the Jets secondary, tore the patellar tendon in his right knee on Dec. 11. It was the second straight season-ending injury for Leonhard, who also suffered a fractured tibia in practice after colliding with Jets wide receiver Patrick Turner. 

Some Jets fans were holding out hope that Leonhard -- who was in the final year of his contract with the Jets at the time of his injury -- somehow would return to the team. But the writing had been on the walls for months. The Jets acquired safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell in the offseason and also drafted Antonio Allen and Josh Bush in April. 

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