— Jim Leonhard (@jimleonhard) February 25, 2012
Jim Leonhard took to Twitter this afternoon to reaffirm his intentions of remaining with the team. Leonhard, 29, is an unrestricted free agent, who made around $2 million last season. With this team’s lack of depth at both the safety position and in the locker room leader department, I’d honestly be shocked if he wasn’t brought back next season.
When the Jets originally signed Leonhard back in ’09, they nabbed for a $6 million deal. Over the past three seasons, he’s arguably given the Jets the most bang for their buck. Considering his age and the fact that he’s coming off another season-ending leg injury, they’ll likey be able to bring him back for even cheaper this time.
You can’t really put a price on Leonhard’s toughness, coverage skills, veteran leadership, and the fact that he’s the signal-caller of Rex Ryan’s defense. But if I had to, I’d say about $4 million this time around.