Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Jim Leonhard (35) intercepts a pass for New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Wisconsin Native Jim Leonhard Talks To Green Bay Packers


According to a report, veteran free agent safety Jim Leonhard has had discussions with the Green Bay Packers about joining their secondary.

Leonhard played last season with the Buffalo Bills—his second stint with them—and has also played with the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets and Denver Broncos in a nine-year career that began as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin.

“It would mean a lot, but we’ve had a lot of conversations with teams, Green Bay being one of them,” Leonhard told WQOW in Eau Claire. “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.”

A former prep standout at Flambeau High School in Tony, Leonhard was back there on Friday for his annual Jim Leonhard Skills Camp.

Leonhard walked on at Wisconsin in 2001 and as a sophomore in 2002, led the nation with 11 interceptions while also returning punts for a 12.1-yard per return average.

By the time he left the Badgers, he had the school record with 21 career interceptions and was the Big Ten career leader with 1,347 punt return yards.

Last season with the Bills, Leonhard had a career-high four interceptions and 41 tackles, starting seven of Buffalo’s 16 games.

The 31-year-old has 12 career interceptions, along with two more in his seven postseason games.

But the Packers made moves in the offseason to address their needs at safety, drafting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round and converting Micah Hyde from cornerback.

It’s always cool to see an in-state kid come home to play for the Pack, but it might not be realistic to put Jim Leonhard and the Packers together in 2014.

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