Report: No Leonhard in '12
The Jets were very active in free agency at safety, signing veterans Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry, and they drafted safeties Josh Bush of Wake Forest and Antonio Allen of South Carolina.
While they never publicly shut the door on veteran safety Jim Leonhard returning at some point in 2012, it appears remote at best right now. ESPNNY.com is reporting that the Jets do not plan to bring Leonhard back.
Not a huge surprise, considering he suffered a severe knee injury late ast season, the second straight year he ended the season on injured reserve. He suffered a broken leg the previous year.
Leonhard has been a terrific veteran presence for the Jets, but injuries have all but ended his run with Rex Ryan's team.
"I'm a free agent right now, hopefully in the next few weeks I get some workouts and get a contract," he told WEAU.com. "The knee is feeling great and I'm ready to go. I'm getting antsy. Football is right around the corner and I don't have a team, kind of getting antsy ready to get back on that field ... I know I'm going to be playing football somewhere this season. I just have to figure out where. I'm excited for that day."