As the offseason begins, Gang Green Nation will take a look at potential ways to improve the club. Today we will explore signing Jim Leonhard.
Profile: The 26 year old former undrafted free agent emerged in his first season in Baltimore. An injury to safety Dawan Landry thrust him into a starting role. Leonhard took a major step forward, playing well in 13 starts for Rex Ryan's defense. He was solid in coverage and demonstrated a nose for the football. He came into his own during the Ravens' Playoff run, making a number of impact plays.
Why It Makes Sense: The Jets need a new starting safety, and Rex Ryan just spent a season developing Leonhard. Heis a definite upgrade over Eric Smith and Abram Elam and would become an instant fan favorite. He is an overachiever, standing only 5'8" who walked on in college and was not drafted in the NFL.
Odds of Happening: This seems likely to happen. When Ryan goes shopping for a new safety, he is likely to turn to a guy he knows. With incumbant starter Landry still under contract in Baltimore and the Ravens having three big name linebackers to resign, Leonhard might have to look elsewhere for a job and a payday. Even though he is due for a raise, Jim should be an affordable option.