After an unexpected release earlier this offseason, it’s looks like Vonta Leach will return to the Baltimore Ravens. The veteran fullback is reportedly just a physical away from a rejoining the Super Bowl champions. The Ravens decision to cut him in May was more of a financial move that anything thing else. Now with the loss of Dennis Pitta for the season, the Ravens need all the help they can get from Leach.
The fullback shopped himself around the NFL to several teams, but ultimately it looks like he got the best offer from Baltimore. Leach is arguably the league’s best FB, as he’s made the Pro Bowl and earned first team All-Pro honors each of the last three seasons.
He’s mainly a blocker, but with Pitta gone for year, the Ravens could look to him a little more in the passing game. To this point, he’s never caught more than 25 passes in a season or eclipsed the 200-yard mark. It might not be a bad idea for Baltimore to work him into the offense to that extent this season.
The Ravens will no doubt appreciate Leach a lot more this time around. I’m sure they didn’t want to let him go earlier in the year, but I’m sure they didn’t want to let a lot of players go this offseason. Leach is still probably a little miffed by the whole thing, but at the same time, he has to know the NFL is a big business.
No matter what both parties’ thoughts are on the whole situation, the reality is that Leach is once again part of the Ravens. This signing is a good piece of news for team and fan base that needed it after a rough weekend.
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