There has been much mystery surrounding Jets S Jim Leonhard this off-season. Now that the Jets have officially said they will not re-sign him, speculation has run wild over where he will end up. Many Patriots fans have shown desire for the team to acquire him if possible, but that may not be the best idea.
Leonhard is a versatile player, who can be utilized in different positions on the defensive side of the ball and on special teams. Belichick loves players like that, such as Julian Edelman, and perhaps could see him as an asset. While Leonhard is a leader on the defensive side of the ball and is still relatively young, signing him brings along a huge risk factor that may not be worth the reward.
Leonhard ended his past two seasons early on the Jets with injuries; he hasn’t played a full 16 game season since 2009. While his defensive numbers are good, they aren’t great and likely aren’t worth taking a chance on. I didn’t think I’d say this for a long time, but the Patriots defense (on paper for now) is the best it’s looked since our last Super Bowl win, and I would rather chose to trust the current group that we have instead of adding another player that likely will not be able to contribute a full season.