The New York Giants are not going quietly into the night with regards to former Baltimore Ravens fullback Vonta Leach. From the beginning, the Giants always seemed like a long-shot in the sweepstakes to land the Pro Bowl fullback, but they remained interested.
Last week, it had seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Giants were deemed "out" of the running and that the Miami Dolphins had emerged as the favorites for him, especially with the cap room they have to spend on players(reportedly $17 million.) But that hasn't taken the Giants' or General Manager Jerry Reese's interest away in a player he has coveted for over six years.
On early Sunday, it was reported that the Giants will be making a last-ditch effort to try and sign Leach in free agency, but the odds still do not favor the Giants because Leach is not looking for veteran money. Then, on Monday, the free agent fullback spoke on Sirius XM Radio regarding his discussions with the Giants and how interested they are in him.
For the time being, the Giants will likely shift backup tight end Bear Pascoe over to the fullback spot in Henry Hynoski's absence while he is recovering from knee surgery, an injury that is expected to keep him out until early September. But that is if Hynoski's rehab and recovery all goes well. Meanwhile, the Giants are looking at all Plan B's incase Hynoski's knee doesn't heal the way they want it.
Paul Dottino of WFAN mentioned, during fan interactions, that even with their interest in Leach, the team is scouring the free agent market for other options at the position.
There are players like Ovie Mughelli, Earnest Graham, Michael Cox and Peyton Hillis out there, but none of them seem as appealing like signing Leach, who some regard as the best fullback in the sport right now.
Kevin Patra of NFL.com reported that the Giants may in fact increase the offer of their deal for Leach, especially because of the lingering effects of Hynoski's injury and if he may end up starting the season on the PUP List.
With $3.3 million left in their current salary cap, the possibility of the Giants signing Leach seems highly doubtful, especially if free agent linebacker Desmond Bishop chooses to sign with the Giants. Plus, they still need to sign rookies Justin Pugh and Ryan Nassib to their rookie contracts, and don't forget about Victor Cruz and him potentially signing his long-term deal with the team this summer.
Vacchiano mentioned in his story on Saturday night that if the Giants were to sign Leach, they would have to get really creative on their cap number and likely sign him to a multi-year contract in order to fit him into their salary cap space.
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