An NFL source has told Scout.com that Jim Leonhard, the Ravens' safety and punt returner during the 2008 season, will visit the New York Jets on Saturday.
The 5-foot-8, 186-pound defensive back was originally an undrafted free agent who signed with Buffalo in 2005. After 38 game appearances and seven starts in Buffalo, Leonhard was signed to a one-year deal by the Ravens in 2008.
In what turned out to be a breakthrough season for the former University of Wisconsin player, Leonhard started 13 games as a highly active member of a stingy Ravens defense. He made 69 tackles, intercepted one pass that he returned for a touchdown, broke up six passes and registered one sack.
On special teams, Leonhard averaged 20.4 yards on eight kickoff returns and 11.6 yards while handling 20 punt returns.
In a playoff win against the Titans this past season, Leonhard was involved in three turnovers, recovering a fumble, pressuring QB Kerry Collins into throwing an interception, and teaming up with Bart Scott to force a fumble.
With former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan now at the helm of the Jets, it was anticipated that Leonhard would be a potential free agency target. And it now appears that Ryan is wasting no time in attempting to secure his former defensive back's services.
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