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Report: Jim Leonhard interested in role with Wisconsin Badgers after NFL career

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Jim Leonhard hopes to continue his NFL career, though he also reportedly has his eyes on coaching for his alma mater.

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Nine-year NFL veteran Jim Leonhard remains a free agent after spending 2013 with the Buffalo Bills and while he hopes to latch onto another team before long, a return to his alma mater could be in order. According to CheeseheadTV's Brian Carriveau, Leonhard has his eyes on returning to Madison to help coach the Wisconsin Badgers. Hat tip to friend-of-B5Q Tex Western for some solid points, as well.

Regardless of if he catches on somewhere -- talk of interest with the Green Bay Packers was cooled by Fox Sports' Alex Marvez -- this season will be Leonhard's last in the NFL, he told SiriusXM.

Leonhard spent 2001-04 at Wisconsin, where he initially began his college career as a walk-on before earning a scholarship in 2002. He was a three-time All-American (2002-04) at safety and also held the Big Ten career punt return yardage record with 1,347 before it was broken by Michigan's Steve Breaston in 2006.

Leonhard later went undrafted before catching on with the Bills in 2005. Over his nine-year career, he also spent time with the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets and Denver Broncos.

It seems like bringing Leonhard back into the fold at UW would be a no-brainer. Gary Andersen's exhibited a strong interest in maintaining and strengthening the program's ties with its alumni, and Leonhard surely has some fantastic lessons to share with the Badgers. His path from walk-on to All-American and long-time NFL veteran is special, and there's certainly some value younger athletes could gain from his tutelage.