The Ravens are expected to craft a proposal for a restructured contract for Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach, according to The Baltimore Sun. Leach reportedly has one of the highest salary-cap figures on the Ravens roster with $4.33 million due in 2013 (more on that below). Ravens brass would “ideally like to lower” that number and would “gain additional financial flexibility if a compromise can be reached,” says Aaron Wilson. Some NFL teams don’t carry a fullback on their roster, and even fewer carry two in today’s pass-driven league. The Ravens are seemingly looking to buck that trend after drafting Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk in the fourth round and potentially re-working Leach’s deal. Baltimore “would like to have both fullbacks on the roster,” reports Wilson. Leach and Juszczyk have two very different styles. The 31-year-old veteran is regarded as the top blocking fullback in the NFL and is known for his old-school punishing style. The rookie led his Harvard team last season in receptions (52 for 706 yards) and would likely play a variety of roles in Baltimore, including lining up at fullback, tight end and H-back. Even though blocking fullbacks like Leach are a dying bread, the Ravens’ efforts to keep him on the roster show they are “valuing Leach's bruising playing style and his leadership in the locker room.” The 10-year-veteran has yet to hear from the Ravens and is “hoping that things will work out,” wrote Wilson. Leach participated in the final week of Ravens Organized Team Activities (OTAs), operating as running back Ray Rice’s lead blocker yesterday. He was asked after practice about his spot on the team, and the potential for two fullbacks to make the final roster.
Ravens Expected To Propose Restructured Contract To Vonta Leach
NFL.com | Jun 8