Washed away in the headlines on Saturday was the signing of free safety Jim Leonhard. Leonhard’s arrival was competing hard with the Broncos’ scrimmage that drew over 40,000 fans.
“I signed the contract and hopped in the car and got over there to see that,” Leonhard said of the scrimmage. “It’s exciting. I’m a Wisconsin guy. I think there’s only one other place that’ll get that kind of crowd and that’s up in Lambeau.”
The reason why the Broncos brought the former Jet in was because Quinton Carter went down with a right knee and hamstring injury on July 27.
Leonhard brings seven years of experience with him after coming into the league undrafted out of Wisconsin. Prior to becoming a fan favorite in New York, Leonhard suited up for Buffalo for three years, and then for Baltimore for a season.
Leonhard isn’t coming to the Broncos free and clear, however. He had surgery in December to repair a torn tendon in his right knee. The recovery time is expected to be eight to ten months.
“The biggest thing is the trainers haven’t seen me,” Leonhard said. “They don’t exactly know where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing this off season so we’ll kind of settle in here and put me through the paces and hopefully in the near future, I’ll get to get on that field.”
Leonhard has 326 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 6 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles in 94 career games.