It is not known how much former Baltimore Ravens’ FB Vonta Leach is looking for when he signs with a new team. The New York Giants are among a couple of teams that has shown interest in signing Leach. The current fullback, FB Henry Hynoski, isn’t close to where the Giants thought he would be after offseason surgery to repair his MCL.
Leach is obviously better than Hynoski, but Hynoski was a solid blocking back as well, so the Giants obviously believe they can’t afford to start the season without one. With that being said, is it worth it for the Giants to acquire Leach? Leach is one of the best fullbacks in the game, if not the best. The Giants have very limited cap space now and Leach could command a multi-year deal.
As good as Leach is, his position doesn’t warrant tapping heavily into the miniscule salary-cap space the Giants are currently working with. A quick solution for the Giants while Hynoski is out is to place TE Bear Pascoe at the position. The Giants can easily work with him during the upcoming training camp to assimilate him into that position.
It’s never easy learning a new position, but Pascoe has lined up in the backfield before so it wouldn’t be a very difficult transition. The Giants shouldn’t look to spend more than the minimum to acquire a fullback, and Leach certainly will not accept that. Also, if the Giants were to acquire Leach, it wouldn’t be long-term anyway. He’s probably looking for a more secure deal and that’s one the Giants can’t afford right now.
Leach will not make the difference between an average team and an overly successful one. He simply isn’t worth tapping into future cap space needed to retain the likes of WR Victor Cruz, WR Hakeem Nicks and DE Jason Pierre-Paul.