The New York Giants are going to be without fullback Henry Hynoski until the first week of the season, if Hynoski’s knee will allow him to stick to the timetable. Now, one of the better blocking fullbacks in the NFL suddenly finds himself looking for work after Vonta Leach was released by the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens tried to renegotiate a new contract with Leach and then attempted to trade him before finally releasing him. The Giants, with the uncertainty at fullback, are a logical choice to pair up with Leach. However, Giants GM Jerry Reese has never been known to panic and the Giants look like they will be completely comfortable with using Bear Pascoe in a fullback role.
Pascoe has been a backup tight end on the Giants for a couple of years now and has the ability to adapt to playing fullback for a short time. Pascoe is not a long-term answer at fullback but he can certainly fill in during training camp and preseason if necessary.
The real question, however, can only be answered by Hynoski’s progress as he recovers from knee surgery. If the doctors think the knee will heal and Hynoski will be ready to play by Week 1 or 2 then there is no reason for the Giants to kick the tires on Leach.
Another massive roadbloack in singing Leach, if the Giants even wanted to bring him in, is the cost. The Giants have a little cap space remaining but not much and will need some financial flexibility, no matter how small, entering the season. Leach was due to make $3 million this season and carried a $4.33 million cap hit. With quality fullbacks an uncommon commodity, there is a chance a small bidding war develops over the services of Leach. The Giants can’t afford that and probably wouldn’t be able to afford Leach’s asking price if there wasn’t a bidding war either.
Too many signs point towards the Giants passing on Leach who has already expressed a desire to return to the Houston Texans. Sorry Giants fans, Leach in a Giants uniform just doesn’t look like it is in the cards.