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Safety Jim Leonhard visiting Bills

By Mark Gaughan

PITTSFORD -- Former New York Jets starting safety Jim Leonhard is on a visit with the Buffalo Bills. Leonhard played his first three years in Buffalo but was not re-signed in 2008, a move Bills fans have been lamenting ever since. He went on to start 16 games, counting playoffs, for the Baltimore Ravens in 2008. He moved to the Jets in 2009 and started 43 games for New York, counting playoffs over the next three seasons.

Leonhard suffered a torn patellar tendon in his knee last Dec. 11. Given his offseason rehabilitation, the Jets decided not to bring him back and opted instead to sign other safeties in free agency.

Leonhard was on the sidelines watching the Bills' practice Thursday at St. John Fisher College. A signing of Leonhard is not believed to be imminent. However, Leonhard's visit with the Bills will continue on Friday. Leonhard had not yet taken a physical with Bills doctors as of Thursday afternoon.

The Bills could use more depth at safety. The only player with experience behind starters Jairus Byrd and George Wilson is second-year man Da'Norris Searcy. Most teams keep four safeties on the roster.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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