Free agent safety Jim Leonard is a Wisconsin boy. Born in Ladysmith, played for UW. As you would expect, he’s also a bit of a Green Bay Packers fan and seems to be lobbying the team to sign him.
This isn’t the first time either. Back in February, Leonard talked about how he wanted to play for the Packers.
Now he’s talking about it again.
“It would mean a lot, but we’ve had a lot of conversations with teams, Green Bay being one of them,” says Leonhard. “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.”
If you read between the lines there, it sounds like the Packers have told Leonard that they’d consider signing him if some guys got injured.
As it stands, they’re pretty well stocked at safety with Morgan Burnett, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Micah Hyde, Sean Richardson and Chris Banjo.
There isn’t really much of a reason to bring Leonard in and then cut him before the regular season, other than perhaps to sell a few jerseys. Those Abbrederis No. 84 jerseys are flying off the shelves!
Leonard is 31 and has played for five NFL teams. Not exactly the kind of guy you find on the Packers roster. Despite his age and the fact that nobody seems to want him, Leonard still picked off four passes for the Bills last year.
Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s getting a shot with the Packers or anyone else.