Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Leonhard Conference Call

Spoke to Jim Leonhard via an introductory conference call with reporters today. His addition should be the last major piece of the puzzle - at least on defense.

I asked Leonhard what exactly had transpired yesterday. As I wrote in a previous post, Leonard and the Jets were close to a deal and then at the 11th hour, the Broncos jumped in. Apparently, Denver presented him with a very large offer, which made everybody stop and take a minute to think things over one more time. Ultimately he chose the Jets.

"We decided regardless of the money situation the Jets were the place to be."

He confirmed that by signing with the Jets he left money on the table, but felt that being in New York with Rex Ryan was his best move.

While Ryan and Co. did not show up in his driveway at 12:01am on Friday, like they did with Scott, they did call Leonhard about 45 minutes later expressing their interest in bringing him to the Jets.

This former walk-on at Wisconsin who signed with Buffalo as an undrafted rookie free agent has the underdog role down pat. However, this last move certainly elevates his status.

I spoke with a coach who is familiar with Leonhard and who told me, "The guy is a warrior. All he does is make plays."

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