Bills Sign Safety Jim Leonhard; Add 3 to Practice Team

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Safety Jim Leonhard's career has gone full circle after agreeing to sign with the Buffalo Bills.

Coach Doug Marrone announced after practice Monday that Leonhard arrived at the team's facility to take a physical, the final step before signing his contract. Leonhard is an eight-year veteran who broke into the NFL with Buffalo in 2005 as an undrafted rookie.

Leonhard spent last season in Denver before signing with New Orleans in April. He was cut by the Saints last weekend.

Leonhard has 61 starts over a career that included stops in Baltimore and New York Jets.

The Bills are in need of safety depth with Jairus Byrd not expected to be ready to open the season against New England on Sunday.

The Buffalo Bills have also signed cornerback Johnny Adams, running back Ronnie Wingo and offensive tackle Edawn Coughman to fill out their eight-player practice squad.

Coughman spent a portion of last season on the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad. He signed with Dallas in May before being cut by the Cowboys last weekend. In 2011, the Shaw University product played nine games with Toronto of the Canadian Football League.

Wingo is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Arkansas, who was released by Atlanta last week. At Arkansas, he had 1,089 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in 49 career games.

Adams, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Michigan State, split time with Houston and Indianapolis this offseason.

Buffalo opens the season hosting New England on Sunday.

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