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  • 7 million a year. He's a pretty good #2 who will work hard, but he wasn't worth the 6 million and he certainly isn't worth more than 6 million a year.

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    • http://myespn.go.com/blogs/nflnation...ace-Bills.html

      So often over the years, Jim Leonhard has been told he wasn't good enough.

      He has done a sensational job of proving them all wrong. But for the first time in his career, he will have an opportunity to play a team that gave up on him.

      Leonhard, the 5-foot-8 safety who has signed a three-year contract with the New York Jets, gets to face the Buffalo Bills.

      "It will be the first time that I've been put in that situation, and it will mean a lot," Leonhard said Wednesday on a conference call. "I'm sure it will be an emotional day, that first time that we play.

      "I'm looking forward to that day, and hopefully we can make it a day that I'll remember for a long time."

      The best scholarship offers Leonhard received were from Division II schools, and if he hadn't been a promising baseball player he might not have generated that interest either.

      He attended the University of Wisconsin as a walk-on because "it came down to giving it a run at that top level," he said. "I would have been kicking myself my entire life if I didn't take that chance."

      He became a star for the Badgers, but wasn't drafted. The Bills signed him, waived him, re-signed him and then decided not to bring him back when his contract expired after the 2007 season. He played in 38 games with the Bills, starting seven.

      "I don't hold a grudge against what they did," Leonhard said of the Bills. "The harsh reality is that this is a business as much as it is about football. They decided to go a different way, which happens year in and year out with players."

      Buffalo's decision worked out well for him.

      He landed with the Baltimore Ravens, and after Dawan Landry suffered a spinal cord injury, started 13 regular-season games and three playoff games at strong safety.

      Leonhard finished fourth in tackles with 85. He had one sack and one interception in the regular season. In the playoffs, he had a half sack, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

      "Although I didn't personally have a great amount of success [with Buffalo], I had a great time and I learned a lot," Leonhard said. "I learned a lot about the NFL and about who I was as a player in that organization.

      "I'm going to enjoy [playing the Bills]. It's going to be a little weird that first game, playing against them, but hopefully we can get a bunch of wins so I can get bragging rights."
      Well we're going to have to play him now. lol
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      • Originally posted by thetedginnshow View Post
        Haha. Coles signed with the Bengals. We're playing them this year. That's going to be interesting.
        thats better then going to Miami or Buffalo where we woulda had to play him twice a year

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        • Cincy did a pretty good job making that deal with coles. He is a pretty good compliment to CJ. Though he isn't as physical as TJ, he will work his tail off and will definately do a good job with Carson.

          As for Leonhard, what is there not to love about this kid. Talk about ironic: A White Safety who is 5'8. Sounds like a less agressive Bob Sanders. I just love the fact that this is a kid that works his tail off and has always said that he can do it when others havent. Seems like he has some of those "Tanginiables". But it seems as if those aren't importnat anymore.


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          • Originally posted by Young Nasty Man View Post
            Cincy did a pretty good job making that deal with coles. He is a pretty good compliment to CJ. Though he isn't as physical as TJ, he will work his tail off and will definately do a good job with Carson.

            As for Leonhard, what is there not to love about this kid. Talk about ironic: A White Safety who is 5'8. Sounds like a less agressive Bob Sanders. I just love the fact that this is a kid that works his tail off and has always said that he can do it when others havent. Seems like he has some of those "Tanginiables". But it seems as if those aren't importnat anymore.
            Hopefully he becomes a legend and then we can say sort of the next Wayne Chrebet. I laughed when some Jets article said he's like a white Bob Sanders when they don't play the same way and Bob's 20 lbs. heavier.

            But uh... you're going to have to stop saying "Tanginiables". That's killing me. :)
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            • I love Leonhard. I always route for the underdog guys like steve smith and leon. They aways have more heart and put it all out on the line. I think hes going to have a great season. If that deal is true from rotoworld then that would be amazing. As for the draft I dont think I have ever liked this many possibilites at one position. Maclin, DHB, Nick, and Britt are all guys I really like. If we dont pick one of them I think I will be heartbroken. DE is a position we could upgrade but we could get a good DE in round 2 as WR will be useless in round 2. I hope our FO realizes this and gives the fans what they want.

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              • WR is believeable and is what i want....but i gotta put a hold to the Jets for an hour or two because its PITT TIME!


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                • Scott just said in his chat that if we go with Ratliff and Clemens next year we'll be picking top 10. Pretty strong statement given our strengths in other areas and how we did with less than stellar QB play last year I think...not that I think there's no chance we're picking top 10 but I'd say it's a little far to say it as more or less a guarantee.

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                  • Really, I think just about every time Scott gets a chance to hate on the Jets he does, not just this year. It's kind of funny.
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                    • yeah i understand that our QBs are unproven and raw, but I mean they are in the NFL in the first place. They obviously have talent to get there, why can't they succeed as an average QB, when there's a great roster around them? I don't get why everyone hates on them before they've seen them play with our new team around them...
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                      • Yeah it's like Florio, I really don't get it. I understand there's instability but both guys have some talent.

                        Not sure if it was posted, but I saw somewhere we re-signed Touchy to handle kicking duties. So at least we have a kicker, that's nice.

                        Here's one I think is interesting. Assuming no other really significant free-agent moves (not realistic but still) lets fast forward to draft day. We've already selected Josh Freeman at #17. With our remaining picks, what can you do to make it a solid draft from there on out? I'm trying to prepare myself for a scenario along those lines.

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                        • Originally posted by derza222 View Post
                          Yeah it's like Florio, I really don't get it. I understand there's instability but both guys have some talent.

                          Not sure if it was posted, but I saw somewhere we re-signed Touchy to handle kicking duties. So at least we have a kicker, that's nice.

                          Here's one I think is interesting. Assuming no other really significant free-agent moves (not realistic but still) lets fast forward to draft day. We've already selected Josh Freeman at #17. With our remaining picks, what can you do to make it a solid draft from there on out? I'm trying to prepare myself for a scenario along those lines.
                          Trade the rest of our draft to move back into the middle of the first to get a receiver and then cry about only having made one good pick.
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                          • Well WR is a still a need so I say you have to take a WR in the second.

                            I think WR is our only true need. A Power RB, DL Depth, and Secondary Depth would just be luxuries at this point.
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                            • Omg if we draft Freeman I will cry. But I guess we could move up to the late 1st or early 2nd to get Britt or Nicks.

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                              • does anyone have any idea where we are cap wise?
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