When the Ravens released Vonta Leach general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a prepared statement that the team could revisit the fullback’s status at a later date. More than six weeks later the team and the two-time Pro Bowl fullback struck a deal that figures to keep Leach in a Ravens’ uniform for at least one more season. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday afternoon Leach is in the process of signing with the team. Leach who received tepid interest on the free agent market and didn’t get the type of contract offers that he was seeking was at the Under Armour Performance Facility to take a physical and pass his conditioning test. The Ravens don’t have practice tomorrow but he figures to be ready to practice on Thursday. Details of his contract are unknown at this time. After making a free agent visit to the Miami Dolphins and attracting interest from the Houston Texans New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs among others Leach ultimately returned to the Ravens who were believed to have the most lucrative contract offer on the table. His return should give rookie fullback Kyle Juszczyk a fourth-round pick out of Harvard a year to learn under arguably the best lead blocker in the NFL and provide a little more stability to the Ravens’ rushing attack. The news will be well received by running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce and probably throughout the the Ravens’ locker room as Leach was a team leader during his two seasons in Baltimore respected because of his toughness and selflessness.
FB Vonta Leach returns to sign with the Ravens
Baltimore Sun | Jul 29