Sep 15, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) catches the ball while being defended by Buffalo Bills defensive back Jim Leonhard (35) for a first half touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers rumors: Jim Leonhard has had talks


Former Jets safety Jim Leonhard is shopping himself around in hopes of scoring a new deal somewhere. On Friday the former Badger was in Wisconsin for an event and he told Eau Claire’s WQOW (via CheeseheadTV) that he has spoken to the Green Bay Packers.

It would mean a lot, but we’ve had a lot of conversations with teams, Green Bay being one of them. They’re a great organization, I’d love to play for them but it hasn’t worked out up to now. You never know what can happen in the future, but we’ll see. They’re a great organization and it’s always fun to see the fans and have a lot of family that follows them closely.

Leonhard played for Buffalo last season, appearing in 16 games including 6 starts. The 31-year-old has nine NFL seasons under his belt, including a three year run in New York, and brief stops in Denver and Baltimore.

The Packers as we know have struggled to fill the safety position after Nick Collins was unfortunately forced to move on prematurely, but I’m not certain the journeyman Leonhard represents much of a solution. The appeal here for fans is Leonhard’s local connection, his being a Wisconsin native and a one-time Badger walk-on.

The hope for Green Bay is that 2014 draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will quickly develop and lock down one safety spot.

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