Why Signing Vonta Leach Is the Right Move for the New York Giants

Benjamin J. Block@BenjaminBlock21Correspondent IIJune 26, 2013

Jan 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens fullback Vonta Leach (44) against the Denver Broncos during the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In 2007 he called his former quarterback Eli Manning "comical." In 2010 he said Tom Coughlin's job was in "jeopardy." Earlier this week, the ringless and shameless Tiki Barber told ESPN New York that David Wilson is "dynamic," which is why it's so pivotal that Big Blue acquires free agent Vonta Leach.  

Via ESPN: "He is as dynamic a player at that position that the Giants have ever had. So it is just a matter of him learning those little intricacies of what it takes to be great."

Besides learning the minutiae of the position, the currently inactive fullback Leach would expedite Wilson's tangible results.

Leach is a proven commodity. He was largely responsible for the breakout of Arian Foster of the Houston Texans and Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reminded fans about when the G-Men signed Leach to a restricted free agent offer sheet in 2007 before the Houston Texans matched it.

This time around, Giants brass can't afford to lose out on the 31-year-old's services.

As usual in the business of sports, it will all boil down to money.

Since the Giants remain concerned about Henry Hynoski's timetable to return, they'll likely have to consider offering the ex-Raven a multi-year deal.

The Miami Dolphins could lure Leach with their $17.6 million of cap room left for 2013, but Leach's departure from the Baltimore Ravens was rumored to be because he didn't want to sign a one-year deal.

In the Giants minicamp in early June, tight end Bear Pascoe filled in and played the role of fullback since there were no other fullbacks on the roster. Having Pascoe block for Wilson and Andre Brown is not the optimal role that offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride had in mind.

With Hynoski out for an extended period of time, it's critical for the Giants to do everything within reason to give Wilson a great fullback to run behind.

The Giants front office must consider the burden that their young backfield will be facing this year and give Leach the multi-year deal he's seeking.