Defensive back Jim Leonhard could be a valuable pick-up for the Green Bay Packers. Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Jim Leonhard: Could he be headed to the Green Bay Packers?

Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin fans would be giddy if the Packers were to sign free agent safety Jim Leonhard – as has been the rumor the past couple of days.

Even Leonhard himself has been talking about the possibilities.

Leonhard, the Tony,Wisconsin, native and Flambeau School District graduate, has been a fighter his entire life. Coming from a school that is merely a dot on the Wisconsin school landscape, he was a walk-on at the University of Wisconsin.

Leonhard, the Tony,Wisconsin, native and Flambeau School District graduate, has been a fighter his entire life.

But since he found his way onto the NFL landscape, he been nothing but successful. He was an undrafted starter with the Buffalo Bills starting in 2005, but has spent time as a valuable backup and spot starter since with the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and most recently again with the Bills.

So, why would the Packers want a player like Leonhard? He’s not torn up the league with his play. He’s been nothing better than a spot starter and he’s what one may call a journeyman.

Well, during that time he’s been highly valued as a kick and punt returner and as a hard hitter and playmaker in the defensive backfield.

He could be that player who would help stabilize the Packers inept defensive backfield.

Here are his career defensive statistics, which include 12 interceptions – two that have been returned for touchdowns:


Here is how he was quoted Friday night at a function in Eau Claire:

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.

The Packers drafted Ha Ha Clinton -Dix with their first pick in the 2014 NFL draft to help shore up a position of need. Adding Leonhard to the mix would bring experience and playmaking abilities to the team’s defensive backfield.

With the team’s roster bound to take a turn in the coming weeks, in my opinion bringing in Leonhard would be a no-brainer.

Will Ted Thompson feel the same?

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