Jets won't re-sign Jim Leonhard

Updated: July 19, 2012, 12:35 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

Free-agent safety Jim Leonhard, a Rex Ryan favorite who galvanized the New York Jets' secondary for three seasons, won't be back with the team.

After revamping the safety position in the offseason, the Jets have decided not to re-sign Leonhard, according to league sources.

Leonhard, 29, is recovering from major knee surgery but still hopes to play this season. The injury occurred Dec. 11 -- a torn patellar tendon -- a devastating blow for a player in the final year of his contract.

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