Archive for March, 2009

Update: Leonhard to Fly with Jets

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Update: NFL Network’s Adam Schefter is now reporting that the Jets reached an agreement with Jim Leonhard on a three-year deal.

Original: The Jets thought they had Bart Scott wrapped up last Friday before the Ravens swept in and matched the Jets’ initial five-year, $40 million offer. Negotiations between Scott and the two teams intensified throughout the afternoon, but the free-agent linebacker ultimately decided that New York was the place to be.

Could the Jets now be traveling down the same road with free-agent safety Jim Leonhard?

After reports earlier today stated that Leonhard had verbally agreed to sign with the Jets, is now reporting that the Broncos have made a late push to sign the former Raven. Leonhard is now “reconsidering” his agreement.

Leonhard could still end up with the Jets after all is said and done, but it shows you how much verbal agreements mean.

Report: Leonhard Leaves Florham Park without a Contract

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

After making a splash early in free agency by signing linebacker Bart Scott and guard Brandon Moore, the Jets welcomed safety Jim Leonhard in for a visit. The former Raven has been high on the team’s wishlist and would provide the team a youthful boost in the secondary and as a kick returner. However, the National Football Post is reporting that Leonhard left the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, NJ, today without signing a contract.

Leonhard’s move does not rule out the possibility of him signing with the Jets, but it does not bode well for the team. Generally teams like to lock up players with contracts before they walk out the exit.

The National Football Post lists the Eagles as a potential suitor for Leonhard. Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins signed a five-year contract with the Broncos yesterday.