Why Did Baltimore Ravens Release Vonta Leach?
The Baltimore Ravens officially released veteran fullback Vonta Leach. The writing was certainly on the wall after the Ravens used a fourth round draft pick Kyle Juzszcyk (try saying that five times fast). General Manager Ozzie Newsome said that there was room on the team for both guys. I immediately was like, yeah, right, sure thing, Oz. With only a 53 man roster, why keep two players at the same endangered specie position?
The decision was also made easier because Leach had a cap hit of over $4 million for this season. It was nice of Newsome to say he could still be on the team, but us smart Raven fans weren’t buying that. The question that remains now is who are they clearing the cap space for if anyone?
The Ravens could still use some help/depth in a few places, namely wide receiver, safety, and inside linebacker. Personally I think Ozzie just wants some ammo if an unexpected cut takes place, Ala Bryant McKinnie in 2011.
Speaking of McKinnie, I still think the Ravens might have made a mistake bringing him back. When Brandon Albert was still on the trade market why not release Leach then and trade the second round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs like they were asking? I know the Ravens were never linked to Albert, but sometimes unexpected things happen and you just have to go for it, see Elvis Dumervil.
In a perfect world I would love to have Leach back, but in the reality of salary cap life it was the right move to make. I thank Vonta Leach for his contributions to the Ravens and wish him well on his next team.