During an interview with WQOW in Eau Claire on Friday, free agent safety Jim Leonhard said he's been in talks with the Green Bay Packers but has had no official contract offer and no deal would appear imminent at this point.
"It would mean a lot, but we've had a lot of conversations with teams, Green Bay being one of them," said Leonhard. "They're a great organization, I'd love to play for them but it hasn't worked out up to now. You never know what can happen in the future, but we'll see. They're a great organization and it's always fun to see the fans and have a lot of family that follows them closely."
Leonhard was at Flambeau High School in his native Tony, Wis. on Friday for his annual namesake Skills Camp.
Last season Leonhard played for the Buffalo Bills, but after the expiration of his contract, he's free to sign with any team. In 2013 Leonhard had a career-high four interceptions and tied a career high with six passes defensed. He also had 41 tackles.
Entering what would be his 10th NFL season in 2014, Leonhard is also an experienced punt returner, averaging 9.3 yards per attempt on over 100 career punt returns.
The Packers appear to have reinforced the safety position through the addition of first round draft choice Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and moving Micah Hyde from cornerback after perhaps learning a lesson a year ago when M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian struggled and they couldn't turn to a quality backup.
Leonhard likely wouldn't be expected to start in a place like Green Bay, but could provide veteran experience in a similar role to what Mike Prior played for the Packers during their Super Bowl years in the late nineties.
If he were to be signed by the Packers, Leonhard would be competing for a job with the likes of Sean Richardson and Chris Banjo for a backup roster spot behind Morgan Burnett, Clinton-Dix and Hyde.
One question is whether Leonhard still has the legs to offer something to special teams other than just punt returns as a member of coverage units.
The Packers currently have 89 out of 90 potential roster spots filled.
Because it's after June 1, Leonhard would no longer count against the NFL's compensatory draft pick formula.
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