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Free agent Vonta Leach shopping himself to every team today

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As far as free agent fullback Vonta Leach is concerned, Judge Susan Nelson’s refusal to grant a stay to her order ending the lockout means free agency has begun, and he’s shopping himself to NFL teams.

Mark Berman of FOX 26 reports that agent Ralph Vitola is getting to work for Leach, who has played for the Texans the last five years.

“I am going to call the other 31 teams first thing in the morning,” Vitolo said. “Free agency has started and the lockout is over from my perspective.”

Of course, free agency hasn’t started from the league’s perspective. But it makes sense, from the players’ point of view, to act as if Judge Nelson’s ruling starts the league year — and to say that if the league doesn’t start signing free agents soon, then the owners are in contempt of court.

“I’m contacting teams on Vonta’s behalf,” Vitolo said. “They can take my calls, ignore my calls or tell me not to call back. The judge has already ruled twice against the league. The NFLPA is telling us we need to do our jobs.”

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18 Responses to “Free agent Vonta Leach shopping himself to every team today”
  1. jpmelon says: Apr 28, 2011 7:50 AM

    The NFLPA doesn’t exist….so how can they be telling you what to do?

  2. wtfru2 says: Apr 28, 2011 7:56 AM

    The teams just need to say what I just said “Never heard of him”.

  3. corporate28 says: Apr 28, 2011 8:00 AM

    “The judge has already ruled twice against the league. The NFLPA is telling us we need to do our jobs.”

    What NFLPA?

  4. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 28, 2011 8:15 AM

    Of course, free agency hasn’t started from the league’s perspective. But it makes sense, from the players’ point of view, to act as if Judge Nelson’s ruling starts the league year — and to say that if the league doesn’t start signing free agents soon, then the owners are in contempt of court.

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    Thats correct. She ruled and it’s final. Unless Roger Goodell wants to find himself in a jail cell next to Bernie Madoff he better open his eyes and admit he lost.

  5. captubaplayer says: Apr 28, 2011 8:22 AM

    The NFLPA is currently claiming to function as trade association not a union.

  6. pixelito says: Apr 28, 2011 8:26 AM

    wtfru2 says: Apr 28, 2011 7:56 AM

    The teams just need to say what I just said “Never heard of him”.

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    Try watching football sometime.

  7. mike83ri says: Apr 28, 2011 8:32 AM

    Please tell me how a company can be ordered to hire more employees? All 32 small businesses can make a decision that it’s not currently in their own individual best interests to add employees while a lawsuit is pending.

    I can understand that the currently signed employees can’t be locked out but it doesn’t take collusion to know that hiring people that are sueing you when you’re unsure of your business’s future might be a bad business decision.

  8. 6thsense79 says: Apr 28, 2011 8:34 AM

    Jesus Christ you people aren’t the brightest. The NFL players Union doesn’t exist but an NFL players association does. And just like any association such as the NRA they can advocate for their members they just don’t have the legal standing to negotiate and sign legal contacts for their members. The sublties of this may be too complex for some of you so I suggest running this by your nearest associate with a high school diploma or GED.

  9. wannabeqb says: Apr 28, 2011 8:38 AM

    There is no union, there is an NFLPA*. Agents and players are quite entitled to ask the trade association for advice and thats what they are doing.

    The NFLPA has decertified and, contrary to the owners whining, it has so far not been a sham. They have not behaved as a union since decertification. That’s why a federal judge ruled against the owners on the lockout.

  10. Topher says: Apr 28, 2011 8:50 AM

    I think there is a strong argument to be made that you can’t start the draft without also starting the league year.

  11. Topher says: Apr 28, 2011 8:52 AM

    If you have never heard of Vonta Leach than you need to spend a little less time looking into the politics of football and a little more time watching it.

  12. krow101 says: Apr 28, 2011 8:59 AM

    He’s done this sort of thing before. In the end he signs back with the Texans. Time for a new strategy there Einstein.

  13. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 28, 2011 9:21 AM

    Arian Foster definitely doesn’t want him leaving Houston, I can promise you that.

  14. devinmr711 says: Apr 28, 2011 9:23 AM

    Vonta Leach is one of the best fullbacks in the game.

  15. nittanylion0 says: Apr 28, 2011 9:59 AM

    The Giants tried to sign him when he was a RFA not too long ago, but the Texans matched. Given the Giants’ huge hole at FB, I gotta think they’re still interested. Jerry Reese would solidify his status as my Lord of Football if he went rogue and got Leach.

  16. finsbooyah says: Apr 28, 2011 10:18 AM

    Mr. Ireland,

    Please sign this guy and show Polite the door. Thanks.

  17. mackie66 says: Apr 28, 2011 11:45 AM

    Obama, Clinton both ignored the will of the people, so whats new with the owners ignoring a court order. Nelson wont put the intire NFL in jail,,,this is cool.
    The lockout maybe over according to the players but the owners dont have to hire anyone.

  18. galvestontexans says: May 2, 2011 5:10 PM

    Bob you better pay the man

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