The Texans recently allowed All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach to move on elsewhere as a free agent. Leach wanted to be paid like the best fullback in the league, and I can't blame him.
The Texans were confident they could find a serviceable fullback without having to pay Leach serious money. Leach eventually signed a three-year, $11 million deal with the Ravens.
A fullback leaving the team is generally greeted with a collective shrug, but in Leach's case, it shouldn't be.
Leach was a leader on the Texans offense for five seasons, and he had a big hand in Arian Foster's breakout year in 2010. Foster's numbers from last season will be tough enough to replicate as it is. Taking Leach out of the equation will make it even tougher.
If the Texans feel like they can find a replacement for Leach, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Say what you will about the team under Kubiak and Rick Smith, but they've always found a way to find and grow offensive talent.
Let's break down the candidates to replace Leach on the roster and predict who will be the starter when it's all said and done.