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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Leonhard joins Jets, too

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

  Leonhard

New York Jets rookie head coach Rex Ryan already is having success before his very first game. His ability to recruit former Baltimore Ravens is making New York one of the early winners in free agency.

Ryan and the Jets landed another defensive player from Baltimore Tuesday, agreeing to terms with safety Jim Leonhard. ESPN.com's John Clayton reports it's a three-year deal.

Leonhard began last season as a backup but filled in well with the Ravens following a season-ending injury to Dawan Landry. Baltimore knew Leonhard was going to command starter-type money and opted not to pursue him.

This all but assures Landry will be the starter next season. He will join cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who signed last weekend, as the two new starters in the secondary who were not part of Baltimore's playoff run last season.