The New York Giants have always had their eyes on fullback Vonta Leach. When he was a free agent after the 2006 season, the team had signed him to a four-year offer sheet, but the Houston Texans matched the Giants' offer sheet and he remained in Houston.
Losing out on Leach didn't hurt the Giants, as they were able to land Madison Hedgecock when the St. Louis Rams gave up on him in September of that year. But when Hedgecock had to retire due to back problems, the Giants were one of the team Leach had on radar if he didn't re-sign with the Texans in free agency. Alas, he ended up signing a three-year, $11 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens in July of 2011.
Again, the Giants didn't hurt from losing out, as they signed undrafted free agent Henry Hynoski, who has been a key part of the team's offense and the running game.
With Hynoski on the sidelines recovering from knee surgery, the Giants could be in need of a fullback — that is if they don't shift Bear Pascoe to the position for the summer.
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that Leach is on the outs with the Ravens after failing to restructure the 31-year-old's contract and he will either be traded or released. Leach was set to make $3 million in 2013 in the final year of his contract with the Super Bowl Champions. Adam Schefter of ESPN also confirmed the article by the Baltimore Sun, as Leach will either be traded or released by Baltimore on Tuesday when teams begin their mandatory mini-camps.
"Ravens were unable to work out a restructured deal for FB Vonta Leach and plan to try to trade or release him Tuesday," he tweeted.
With Leach about to be the latest member of the Super Bowl XLVII championship team ousted by Baltimore, could the Giants look into signing Leach to be their fullback with Hynoski currently on the shelf.
Right now, Hynoski is targeting coming back to the Giants for Week 1, which is September 8 against the Dallas Cowboys, but with Leach on the market, the Giants might be inclined to show interest again, as he is one of the NFL's premier players at the spot; some might even say he's the best right now.
Leach is also a three-time Pro Bowler (2010, 2011 and 2012), and was all named an All-Pro all three of those season. However, money could be a factor as the Giants are limited with what they have to spend in free agency.
If Leach is willing to take a lot less money to play for a championship contender and block for David Wilson and Andre Brown, plus Eli Manning, then Leach is a good fit for the Giants. But if he's looking for the money that he was making with the Ravens, then the Giants will not be interested in Leach and likely sticking with Pascoe until Hynoski does return from injury.
Leach was very positive on Twitter and thanked the Baltimore fans and organization, but is also very confident of his abilities and is expecting to land a job this summer.
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