On Tuesday morning, we at Giants 101 talked about the impending release or trade of fullback Vonta Leach by the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, which ended up happening. And with the New York Giants' current starting fullback Henry Hynoski recovering from knee surgery last month, we talked about the possibility of the Giants looking into Leach, especially since the team has tried to sign him in the past.
Dave Hutchinson of the Newark-Star Ledger is reporting that the Giants have in fact, checked in on Leach and are inquiring on his status. The 31-year-old free agent fullback is scheduled to fly down to Florida to have a visit with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday morning.
At the start of the Giants mandatory three-day mini-camp, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was asked if they were interested in Leach, and he didn't go into detail if they were, but didn't deny the interest, either.
"We're interested in everybody," said Coughlin.
Back in 2007, the Giants had signed Leach to a four-year offer sheet, but the offer sheet was matched by the Houston Texans. In 2011, when Leach again was a free agent, he was interested in the Giants, but ended up signing a three-year deal with the Ravens and recently just won a Super Bowl with the team in February.
Leach is considered to be one of the, if not, the best fullback in the game and was very key in the success of Ray Rice in the Ravens' running attack. If the Giants were to get into the mix and sign him, he could also be key in making blocks for David Wilson.
Leach was scheduled to make $3 million with Baltimore this season, but after failing to restructure his contract before their mini-camp, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome released the veteran, thus making him a free agent.
In an interview with KRIV-TV in Houston, Leach's agent, Ralph Vitolo, said that he was interested in going back to Houston to play with the Texans. But they had just signed former Jacksonville Jaguars fullback Greg Jones, so it's not a guarantee that Houston will go after Leach a second time.
"Obviously, which teams you have the best fit at," agent Ralph Vitolo told KRIV-TV. "The most logical fit and the smoothest transition to another team would be Houston because he's already been there. He understands the coaches, the scheme. He's worked with Arian Foster and the rest of the offensive line, so it would be a very smooth transition to go back to Houston."
If Leach wanted to come to the Giants, he may need to take a lot less money, but he would be playing on a playoff contender with the Giants, as opposed to getting top money to play in a place like Miami, who is no sure thing to crack the postseason.
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