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Jim Leonhard spotted at Bills camp

When the Buffalo Bills checked in to St. John Fisher College for the start of training camp, general manager Buddy Nix said the team would like to add a veteran presence for a backup at safety.

It seems as though the Bills may have their eyes on one player in particular, and it's someone that fell through the cracks years ago.

Free agent safety Jim Leonhard, formerly of the Ravens and Jets, was spotted on the sidelines at Bills training camp Thursday during practice. According to the Buffalo News, he's on an official free agent visit, and will remain in Pittsford, NY on Friday.

Leonhard suffered a major knee injury in December as a member of the Jets. He had surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon. That injury happened a year after Leonhard broke his leg and had to rehab that heading in to 2011.

The safety played his first three seasons in Buffalo before the team allowed him to walk, when he then hooked on with the Baltimore Ravens the next season. With the Bills, Leonhard started sparingly and was mostly a special teams contributor. With the Ravens, Leonhard got the chance to start and never looked back.

Spending only one season in Baltimore, Leonhard followed former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan to the New York Jets when the coach was put in charge of that franchise. Leonhard has played the last three season with the Jets.

The Bills currently only have three players at safety that look like locks to make the team in Jairus Byrd, George Wilson and Da'Norris Searcy. Currently, undrafted free agent rookie Nick Saenz is getting second-team reps along with Searcy.

Keep it locked to WGR Sports Radio 550 and WGR550.com for any new details.

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