I’m sure Vonta Leach didn’t plan on being an unrestricted free agent at this point in 2013, but that’s exactly his situation. The Baltimore Ravens continued to remove parts of their championship squad last week, when they abruptly cut the Pro Bowl fullback. Now, Leach says that he wants to play three more years, and that his first choice would be to return to the Houston Texans.
“I know I can play in this league, and I’ve got some teams that are courting me. In the next two weeks, I know where I’ll be playing. There are a lot of teams out there that want me -about seven teams. Me and my agent are going to take our time and see what’s the best fit for me. I’m probably going to play three more years before I hang it up.”
With Leach, it’s not really a question of whether or not he has any gas left in the tank. The Ravens simply viewed him as expendable, and used the same logic they’ve used all offseason when they decided to part ways with him. Leach will be a valuable addition, wherever he signs, but will the Texans want him back?
At this point, it seems unlikely. They just signed veteran FB Greg Jones in March, and the plan all along has been for him to be the lead blocker for Arian Foster. Jones has a proven track record as a solid blocker, and he’s only costing the Texans $1 million this season. Leach on the other hand, was set to make $1.3 million this year in Baltimore.
So from a financial standpoint, a Leach return doesn’t make much sense for Houston. But, they could be willing to spend a little extra money to get of the league’s best fullbacks. He’d also bring a veteran presence to the offense, but that’s something that’s also true of Jones.
Odds of Vonta Leach returning to Houston? 13%
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