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New York Giants a Long Shot to Land Fullback Vonta Leach

June 12th, 2013 at 12:30 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants have long had interest in All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach, having signed him to an offer sheet in 2006 prior to him re-signing with the Houston Texans (they matched the Giants' offer). Then, when he entered free agency in 2011, Big Blue was on a short list of teams he was willing to sign with if he didn't return to Houston. Ultimately, he ended up joining the Baltimore Ravens.

But Leach is a free agent once again, and as they have in the past, the Giants have inquired with him and appear legitimately interested in his services. However, there are at least six other teams also considering the three-time Pro Bowler, and as Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News points out, all of them have more cap space than do the Giants.

Given that the team has expressed such confidence in Bear Pascoe, and that they expect Henry Hynoski (MCL) to return around the start of the season, it is slightly surprising that they've even reached out to Leach. Then again, as General Manager Jerry Reese often says, and head coach Tom Coughlin alluded to on Tuesday, they investigate everything.

Still, the chances that Leach lands with the Giants are slim-to-none, even if they host him for a private workout. The only real scenario in which he ends up donning the "NY" on his helmet would be signing a deal for far less than he'd earn elsewhere. And, as we've recently seen with defensive end Dwight Freeney, it all boils down to the all mighty dollar. And Big Blue has precious few of those at the moment.

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Tags: Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, Bear Pascoe, Football, Houston, Houston Texans, Jerry Reese, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin, Vonta Leach

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3 Responses to “New York Giants a Long Shot to Land Fullback Vonta Leach”

  1.  jfunk says:

    The only way Leach plays for the Giants is if they need a one or two year stopgap player AFTER his next contract is up and he still has a little bit left in the tank.

    He’s simply too good for this team. Guys coming off three consecutive All-Pro appearances don’t sign Jerry Reese Special sized fullback contracts.

  2.  Dirt says:

    FF55,

    I admit to creating somewhat of strawman arguments. I don’t have much time to post lately, so I read a bunch of threads, find a common theme, and speak at it. I honetsly have no clue who says what sometimes.

    But certain things are worthy of note:
    - Declaring a better player is silly
    - Cruz is not individually replaceable
    - 1200-1500 yards from one of five eligible receivers is entirely different than 11200-1500 yards from multiple of five eligible receivers
    - The whole debate is dumb because Cruz WILL be a Giant

    •  fanfor55years says:

      We absolutely agree on the last point.

      He isn’t stupid (nor are Condon and JayZ), and any way you look at it the Giants’ offer is his best bet. He couldn’t fully replace the lost earnings with a new contract next season (on a present value basis), and he couldn’t avoid risking his entire future if he doesn’t sign the long-term deal with the Giants.

      But I wouldn’t be shocked if this doesn’t end until late July.

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