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Saints News 4/8/13: Saints Sign Safety Jim Leonhard To One-Year Deal

Leonhard, 30, spent last season with Denver as mostly a backup, but was a starter the previous four seasons with the Jets and the Ravens. He started his career with the Bills in 2005.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I got the okay from my agent. New year, new opportunity. We are glad to be joining the New Orleans Saints. <a href="http://t.co/4b8Y3UwI2L" title="http://twitter.com/jimleonhard/status/321340039009280000/photo/1">twitter.com/jimleonhard/st…</a></p>&mdash; Jim Leonhard (@jimleonhard) <a href="https://twitter.com/jimleonhard/status/321340039009280000">April 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> add S Jim Leonhard: <a href="http://t.co/rXry9AMFwf" title="http://bit.ly/17nlZoa">bit.ly/17nlZoa</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/321350137169453056">April 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Being that Leonhard played only 24% of Denver's snaps this past season, I don't see this as a move that will budge the incumbents.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/321352342601596930">April 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The Saints have agreed to terms with S Jim Leonhard: <a href="http://t.co/xqGtyKXsRo" title="http://bit.ly/Y8KrCX">bit.ly/Y8KrCX</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23FreeAgency">#FreeAgency</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/321348879545143296">April 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> signing Jim Leonhard invites more Roman Harper speculation since he also plays strong safety.... <a href="http://t.co/DTU50N5X8k" title="http://s.nola.com/Ue4IGBT">s.nola.com/Ue4IGBT</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/321348135303655424">April 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>...and Leon's getting haaaaarder!</p>&mdash; Dulymus J Huangstein (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/321344418852511747">April 8, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

New Orleans Saints sign veteran safety Jim Leonhard to one-year deal | NOLA.com
Leonhard spent last season with Denver as mostly a backup. Leonhard was a starter the previous four seasons with the Jets and the Ravens. Leonhard, 30, spent his first three seasons in Buffalo (2005-2007).

Saints sign Jim Leonhard | ProFootballTalk
The Saints need help to fix a defense that was the league's all-time worst last year, and they've signed another player who was a backup last year to do so. Former Broncos, Jets, Ravens and Bills safety Jim Leonhard just tweeted out a photo of himself signing a contract with the Saints.

Forecasting the New Orleans Saints' 2013 draft picks | NOLA.com
We predict who the Saints will take with each pick

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Concussion lawsuit hearings begin tomorrow

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Hargrove joins concussion lawsuit | ProFootballTalk
At a time when many assumed free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove would sue the NFL for allegedly false statements made about him in the context of last year's bounty brouhaha, Hargrove has indeed filed suit. But not for that.

Goodell’s goal is simple: Take the head out of the game | ProFootballTalk
The effort to make football safer includes proper management of the most significant and distinctive piece of safety equipment that game uses.The helmet, which was designed to protect the human skull, has become perhaps the greatest threat to its contents in recent years.

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Lagniappe

Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Torrance Small helps expand boys basketball in Kenner | NOLA.com
"To be able to have all of this, the nice shirts, the nice shoes, the coaches’ shirts, and all the different travel and practices, and all the games we have to play, it takes a group," said Small during the ceremony.