A little less than two weeks ago, the New York Giants were going to make a run at former Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach as they had inquired about his services following his release from the Baltimore Ravens back on June 11.
With about $3.3 million left in cap space and the team still needing money to sign their last two draft picks, plus Victor Cruz, it looks like the Giants will not be pursuing Leach after all, as Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News has reported. And, at least at the moment, the likely front runners to win the veterans services will be the Miami Dolphins.
"Forget the Giants in the chase for FB Vonta Leach. Sounds like he's focused on the Dolphins. Agent says no other visits are planned," he tweeted.
Following his release from Baltimore after failing to restructure his contract in 2013, teams like the Giants and Dolphins all showed interest, but as it was earlier reported, it always seemed like a long shot that the Giants would ultimately be the ones to land him because of their salary cap situation and Leach's unlikeliness to accept a veteran minimum deal to come to New York.
The Giants interest in Leach made sense because of Henry Hynoski suffering a knee injury in the Giants' OTA's and is not expected back until at least September, but that is if everything goes right with his rehab and no major setbacks happen. In the meantime, the team had shifted tight end Bear Pascoe over to the fullback spot, something he has done before in the past when needed.
With the Dolphins looking to close a deal with Leach by the end of this weekend, the Giants focus will likely turn to middle linebacker Desmond Bishop, who was released by the Green Bay Packers on Monday and the team has interest in him on their defense.
Back in 2007, the Giants had signed Leach to an offer sheet, but it got matched by the Houston Texans. In 2011, the Giants and Leach were interested again, but the Ravens signed him to a three-year deal. From the looks of things, the third time won't be the charm between both sides.
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