Fullback Vonta Leach, one of the more intriguing free agents left on the open market, has reached an agreement with the Baltimore Ravens after the club cut him earlier this offseason, according to the Ravens' official Twitter account:
Vonta Leach is signing with the #Ravens right now.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 29, 2013
YEAHHHHH!!!! @vleach44 even though you never really left— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) July 29, 2013
Leach has participated in 124 games across his nine-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens.
During that span, he has rushed 24 times for 70 yards and three touchdowns. The 31-year-old veteran has also caught 112 passes on 150 targets for 749 yards and four scores over the course of his career. Yet where Leach truly makes his biggest impact is as a fearless lead blocker.
The Ravens know that better than anyone, and they have to be happy to have him back in the fold.
Despite his skills as a pass-catcher and lead blocker, the Ravens decided to cut the veteran loose in June.
Leach couldn’t agree to a reduced contract with the Super Bowl-winning club, as the Ravens wanted him to take less than his $3 million base salary.
After making the All-Pro and Pro Bowl squads in each of the past three seasons and greatly improving the Baltimore running game, clearly the Ravens thought highly enough of Leach to bring him back.
He should serve as an excellent blocker for Ray Rice, who is primed for a huge year with Leach now set to pave running lanes and clear space.
What do you think of this signing for Baltimore?
Leach, who is 6'0" and 260 pounds, is an absolute battering ram of a fullback and is able to crush opponents with his pure strength and solid technique.
Add in his great hands, and this is a complete player who can make a defense pay for ignoring him in the passing game.
Baltimore lost several key players over the offseason, so having Leach return is a positive move. He should make his typical strong impact on the Ravens' offense starting in Week 1.