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Vonta Leach May Visit New York Giants; Miami Dolphins Remain Front Runners

June 26th, 2013 at 10:15 AM
By Douglas Rush

The New York Giants' "Plan B" for a potential replacement at fullback is Vonta Leach, who was recently released by the Baltimore Ravens. However, the Miami Dolphins are currently in the lead to land his services, but he hasn't ruled out a visit to Big Blue.

Miami was the first team on Leach's tour of teams and Adam Schefter of ESPN said that it would be considered a major upset if the Dolphins didn't land the Pro Bowl fullback in free agency.

"It will be a major upset if former Ravens FB Vonta Leach winds up anywhere other than Miami. Dolphins want him too much," he tweeted.

Leach's agent, Ralph Vitolo, told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that he thinks his client will likely be heading to Miami to play football for the Dolphins and paving the way for running back Lamar Miller.

"Asked if he believes Leach will sign with Miami, Vitolo said: “I think so. I hope so. It’s the right place to be. We’re trying to crunch the numbers."

However, the Giants are not completely out of the hunt yet, as Jackson did mention that Leach could make one last visit during his search for a new team, which could be to New Jersey. It was reported over the weekend that the Giants will make a last-ditch attempt to try and sign Leach and that they would increase their current offer out to him.

Because the Giants only have $3.3 million left in salary cap space, there has been discussion about the possibility of the Giants offering the 31-year-old a multi-year deal in order to even fit Leach under their cap number, especially since the team still needs to sign rookies Justin Pugh and Ryan Nassib.

With the possibility of current starting fullback Henry Hynoski starting the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list as he recovers from knee surgery, the Giants are looking around at all other possibilities at fullback. One name who hasn't been on the surface that could be looked at is former Tennessee Titans fullback Ahmard Hall.

Hall is a 33-year-old free agent who wasn't signed during the 2012 season after spending six seasons with the Titans and if Leach comes off the market, Hall might be a better option to consider than most of the other names out there like Ovie Mughelli, Michael Cox and Peyton Hillis.

Even if the Giants do increase their offer and have Leach in for a visit, right now, all signs are pointing towards the fullback taking his talents to South Beach in 2013.

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Tags: Ahmard Hall, Football, Henry Hynoski, Miami, Miami Dolphins, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Vonta Leach

12 Responses to “Vonta Leach May Visit New York Giants; Miami Dolphins Remain Front Runners”

  1.  kujo says:

    LOL! Aaron Hernandez has been released.

    •  F0XLIN says:

      should JR kick the tires?

    •  JimStoll says:

      Gotta love the Pats. Saving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts all the time and expense of investigation and trying the guy.

      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have announced the release of tight end Aaron Hernandez following his arrest in the investigation of a homicide last week in North Attleboro, Mass.

      The New England Patriots issued the following statement: “A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”

      •  JimStoll says:

        In other Aaron Hernandez news:

        Hernandez receives Pop Warner award
        May, 25, 2013
        MAY 25
        PM ET
        By Field Yates |
        Later tonight, Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will be honored by Pop Warner with their Inspiration to the Youth award, an honor he told he’s very grateful to receive.

        “It’s an honor knowing that kids look up to me and that I have a chance to change their lives,” he said. “Hopefully [I can] give them some advice that will help them towards their futures. It really means a lot.”

        Pop Warner was where Hernandez, a native of Bristol, Conn., got his start in football, back when he was a youngster.

        “That’s when it all started,” he said of playing Pop Warner. “I was 5, 6 years old, that’s when it all started. I started in flag [football] on the Pop Warner field and then went from there on up.”

        In addition to Hernandez, Pop Warner will be honoring the Patriots as the Team of the Year and former Patriots tight end Ben Coates with the Humanitarian award.

        As his football career has progressed, Hernandez has turned to film of Coates to study and learn from. Coates, a five-time Pro Bowler with the Patriots, finished his career with 499 catches and 50 touchdowns.

        “I actually didn’t watch much football when I was young, but I’ve definitely watched film on him as the years went on the more I heard about him,” Hernandez said of Coates.

        Hernandez, who underwent surgery earlier this offseason, has been kept off the field for the start of organized team activities, though he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Releasing Hernandez is a bad sign for him. For a team to release him before he’s even officially charged and he’s owed big money shows a lot. This is pointing closer to the end of his career. I understand he’s a Pat but it’s sad for the NFL. This story won’t go away and will only strengthen as the NFL camps open.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      The NFL and The Patriots must know that he’s going to be charged with something more serious than Obstruction of Justice. Police more than likely have proper evidence against him.

      He’s in big big big trouble. What a stupid person.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Yeah I agree. Considering the salary cap hit to just plain cut him says a lot. They could have suspended him for a while if they didn’t know. NFL teams don’t normally forgo money so I agree he’s in really big trouble.

        I sounds more like he has issue more than just being stupid. Like he was the bad seed, not just hanging around them.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Are you guys kidding? This is a guy who we KNOW shot someone in the face and we KNOW was involved in at least one other incident that could have resulted in his being in jail for a lot of years, and whom we now have reason to suspect was directly involved in the murder of an associate with whom he was seen riding in his car a few hours before the guy’s body shows up at a dump (and who destroyed a lot of what may have been incriminating evidence at his house as soon as he could).

    And for that he is stupid, or might be the bad seed? The guy is a thug, plain and simple. Even the Bengals wouldn’t take this creep if he were available. The only football he’s likely to be playing in the future is on the warden’s team in an inter-prison matchup.

    The NFL looks the other way on a lot of antisocial behavior, but this is so far over the line that no one is going to ignore it. The disgusting part of it is that the Pats were happy to have him before his brutality got to the point where he’s likely involved in murder. I’d have thought that shooting someone in your car would be sufficient to have his team want no part of a horrible young man. Just another reason to hate the Patriots.

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