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.