Free agent fullback Vonta Leach is expected to make a decision today on which NFL team he will sign with, and he’s leaning towards re-signing with the Baltimore Ravens, according to NJ.com.
The Ravens released Leach earlier this offseason after the team decided his $4 million cap hit was too much, and he’s since drawn interest from the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs.
The Miami Dolphins previously passed on Leach after it appeared a deal was imminent between the two sides. Going back to Baltimore was Leach’s first choice, and after failing to get the kind of deal he wanted elsewhere, he’s basically taking a paycut to return to Baltimore to help the Ravens defend their Super Bowl crown.
Leach has been a first-team All-Pro in three straight seasons and graded out as Pro Football Focus’ top-rated lead blocker last year. Before releasing Leach on June 11, the Ravens proposed Leach a one-year, $2 million contract loaded with incentives.
Ravens Head coach John Harbaugh acknowledged he was “disappointed” by offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie reporting to training camp overweight, but wasn’t surprised:
I’m not sure who’s more disappointed, Bryant or I. We had a long talk about it yesterday. It wasn’t that the effort wasn’t put it. There’s an issue, but we’re going to get it fixed together and we’re going to get him out there.
Bryant is just too heavy right now. He needs to lose weight. My guess is he lost quite a bit today. He’s in good shape and he’s good cardiovacular fitness. I can tell he’s worked hard. But I wasn’t real comfortable putting him out there today at that weight. We’ll figure it out in the next 24 to 48 hours. When we figure out the best way to deal with it, he’ll be out there.