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Saints sign Jim Leonhard

Emanuel Cook, Jim Leonhard AP

The Saints need help to fix a defense that was the league’s all-time worst last year, and they’ve signed another player who was a backup last year to do so.

Former Broncos, Jets, Ravens and Bills safety Jim Leonhard just tweeted out a photo of himself signing a contract with the Saints.

The Saints signed Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis early in free agency, but have since worked the fringes, signing former Cowboys backups Victor Butler and Kenyon Coleman, who are familiar with new coordinator Rob Ryan’s system.

Leonhard fits into that strata, a serviceable player for a team that needs all of those it can find.

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12 Responses to “Saints sign Jim Leonhard”
  1. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Apr 8, 2013 3:38 PM

    Did Jim Leonhard used to be good or did Rex Ryan just keep saying he was and I believed it. Its hard to tell when you’re dealing with crazy, old Rex.

  2. bornking24 says: Apr 8, 2013 3:54 PM

    a HUUUGE plus for the Saints.

  3. catquick says: Apr 8, 2013 4:00 PM

    Loved Leonhard back when, but he’s too beat up to be the effective guy he once was.

  4. nolahxc says: Apr 8, 2013 4:09 PM

    Well we missed on Nnamdi, so we got the next best thing…. CLEARLY!

  5. twonis says: Apr 8, 2013 4:12 PM

    Very happy for my fellow Badger stater. Watching Leonhard go from uber-small town to Wisconsin Badger walk-on to starting NFL player is a great success story. Wish him all the best with the Saints.

  6. materialman80 says: Apr 8, 2013 4:50 PM

    Hopefully Leonhard still has a season or two left. I’ll be rooting for him.

  7. winninitall says: Apr 8, 2013 4:56 PM

    Leonhard is def a good pick up for any team needing a safety. This guy was a undrafted player that defiantly proved himself in the NFL. It was just sad to see him go down in the last two seasons in the green n white.

  8. ahostiletakeover says: Apr 8, 2013 5:10 PM

    I’ve been watching Jim since he joined my Ravens and Leonhard is a very solid role player and a stand up player. He can help in the return game if neccessary as well, no gamebreaker by any means but he can create good starting positions for some offensive drives. Probably didn’t cost much at all either for the Saints, good value signing for an experienced vet that still has some in the tank.

  9. doublenickelz says: Apr 8, 2013 5:18 PM

    It dont matter what the saints do on defense…you got that large blowhard who will eventually mess things up! He had the dallas Defense so confused at times with what he was calling it was criminal! Pointed it out to my son that the Linebackers were yelling at each other what to do while the ball was in play. At least the restaurants will prosper with him in New Orleans.

  10. dirtybird28 says: Apr 8, 2013 5:43 PM

    wait for it, Gerald Sensabaugh will be next. Which actually wouldn’t be a bad move overall. Nor would be signing Mike Jenkins (just have a solid backup on hand).

  11. usmutts says: Apr 8, 2013 8:07 PM

    Saints need a pass rusher. Without that, it doesn’t matter how many DBs they sign.

  12. hoops737 says: Apr 9, 2013 9:19 AM

    Hopefully Leonhard was brought in to replace Roman Harper. That’d be sweet

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