Jim Leonhard announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Cleveland Browns. He has played in nine NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, and Denver Broncos. He is 31-years old and played college football at the University of Wisconsin. He is very familiar with Mike Pettine’s defense because of his multiple years playing in his system with the Ravens, Jets, and Bills. Last season under Pettine, he started seven of the 16 games he played in. He had 41 tackles, six passes defended, and four interceptions, a career high for Leonhard.
He is expected to compete with Tashaun Gipson at the free safety spot. Gipson will most likely win the job, but Leonhard will definitely play his fair share of snaps. Leonhard is a smart and experienced safety who still has ability to make plays on defense. He will be a good teacher to Gipson and the younger safeties. His experience with Pettine’s defense gives him the chance to catch up faster and be a real threat to play this season. This addition gives the Browns’ safety position more experience and depth.
It's official, I just signed my 8th NFL contract to become a part of the Cleveland Browns. #dawgpound
— Jim Leonhard (@jimleonhard) July 30, 2014
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