Whispers — AFC North
Ravens hope to re-sign versatile Leonhard
Jan. 10, 2009
The Ravens would like to re-sign S Jim Leonhard in the offseason, the way we hear it. Leonhard is slated to be an unrestricted free agent. If re-signed, Leonhard would, at the least, be the favorite to be the team’s punt returner in 2009. Leonhard, who has been the starter at strong safety for much of the ’08 campaign after Dawan Landry suffered a season-ending neck injury in Week Three, could also compete for playing time in the secondary. Leonhard’s emergence as a punt returner, coupled with rookie S Tom Zbikowski’s ability to return kickoffs, casts doubt on the long-term future of WR-RS Yamon Figurs in Baltimore, a source close to the club notes. Figurs has lost both jobs.
Ravens looking to re-sign Leonhard
The Ravens will attempt to sign safety Jim Leonhard in the offseason, according to ProFootballWeekly.com.
Our View: Leonhard has started most of the season at strong safety due to a season-ending injury in Week 3 to starter Dawan Landry. He's also been an impact player for the club on punt returns, hence the Ravens' interest in retaining him.