When Vonta Leach was first released by the Baltimore Ravens several weeks ago, GM Ozzie Newsome said “the door is still open for him to return.”
‘Yeah right’, I said. However, I might be eating my words soon.
The release of Leach didn’t come as a surprise to many mainly because the Ravens drafted a fullback Kyle Juzszcyk in the fourth round of this year’s draft. What team would possibly carry two fullbacks? Some teams don’t even have one fullback as the position is going the way of the Dodo in today’s pass-happy NFL.
Leach flirted heavily with the Miami Dolphins, but things just didn’t work out — guess it was something he said. There was also some interest shown by the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants, but once again nothing. Now according to the Ravens’ own website, the team is talking to Leach about a possible return to the team after only being released a few weeks ago.
Leach is no doubt the top fullback in the league, but is he a necessary piece for the Ravens? Definitely not. Would Leach be great to have around at a discounted price? Of course.
Personally, I would prefer the Ravens to just stick with their guns here. Nothing against Leach, he’s an awesome player, but he might not fit in with offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell‘s system, which uses more single-back sets. If Leach was brought back, that means one more good bubble player would have to be cut like Josh Bynes or LaQuan Williams.
If Leach is brought back, that would be fine with me as well. I just hope that his talents would be used enough to necessitate bringing him back. It’s pretty fun at M&T Bank Stadium when 70,000-plus drunks all yell ‘Leach!’ — just an added bonus.