2011 NFL Free Agency: Houston Texans Lose FB Vonta Leach to Baltimore Ravens

Rick BrokawCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2011

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23:  Fullback Vonta Leach  #44 of the Houston Texans gets the crowd motivated as the Texans take the field for pre-game warm ups at Reliant Stadium on November 23, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Bob Levey/Getty Images

When it came down to dollars and sense, the Houston Texans decided today that it was time to part ways with fullback Vonta Leach. 

Leach, who was looking to become the highest paid fullback in the NFL, agreed to a 3-year, $11 million deal with Baltimore, according to Chron.com.

For most, this loss didn't come as much of a surprise, as the last few days have seen the Texans dropping serious money to secure corner Johnathan Joseph and safety Danieal Manning in free agency.

With the departure of Leach at fullback, James Casey should begin taking reps at the position. Casey has been preparing for the fullback role during the off-season in the case that Leach did not return. However, with the fullback position becoming less of a luxury, he could end up getting fewer reps than Leach did in the past.

James Casey is currently listed as a tight end on the Texans roster. 

Releasing Leach allowed the Texans to re-sign three of their free agents: Jacoby Jones, Rashad Butler, and Matt Leinart.