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Report: Dolphins won’t sign Vonta Leach before training camp

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It doesn’t look like Vonta Leach will be going to training camp with the Dolphins.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the team has decided not to an extend an offer to the free agent fullback and they stick with what they have at the position to open up training camp. Salguero adds that the team could still return to Leach if the options already on hand. Those options would be Jorvorskie Lane and Charles Clay, who also sees time at tight end on the Miami offense.

Circling back to Leach might not be an option, though. He’s gotten interest from the Giants and Texans since his release from the Ravens on top of reports that a return to Baltimore under a friendlier contract than he had before the team cut him loose.

Leach, who turns 32 during the season, also had a previous stint with the Texans so it would seem he has a good chance of winding up in familiar surroundings for the 2013 season if the Dolphins remain out of the picture.

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25 Responses to “Report: Dolphins won’t sign Vonta Leach before training camp”
  1. ghjjf says: Jul 18, 2013 6:40 PM

    Armando Salguero is best known for being wrong about just about everything.

  2. ebr362 says: Jul 18, 2013 6:52 PM

    BIG mistake!

  3. vincentbojackson says: Jul 18, 2013 6:52 PM

    Fullback is a dying breed in the NFL. Most teams simply don’t use a lead blocker anymore. Many of the ones that still do are choosing to use a tight end at the position. Keeping an extra tight end on the roster gives a team more versatility.

  4. greedleague says: Jul 18, 2013 7:04 PM

    If Salguero is reporting this Leach is probably in Davie picking out his number as we speak.

  5. phuzzball says: Jul 18, 2013 7:23 PM

    “Salguero adds that the team could still return to Leach if the options already on hand.” What?

  6. phuzzball says: Jul 18, 2013 7:24 PM

    ” He’s gotten interest from the Giants and Texans since his release from the Ravens on top of reports that a return to Baltimore under a friendlier contract than he had before the team cut him loose.” WHAT?!

  7. jrcoop says: Jul 18, 2013 7:32 PM

    My guess is Leach isn’t in that big a hurry to go to training camp either. He’s familiar with the system, so being there for the full training camp probably wouldn’t be necessary. The also recently signed fullback E Rodriguez. Might as well see what you got.

  8. SAV says: Jul 18, 2013 8:13 PM

    He’ll be a Raven guys, enough already. The Ravens are $5m+ under the cap. At this point the only team that cam afford to give him a decent deal. Giants are cap strapped. The Dolphins can afford him but face it, if you are Leach wouldn’t you take a paycut and play for the team you are already familiar with? Won titles with?

  9. rodge1 says: Jul 18, 2013 8:15 PM

    Totally agree what you guys say about Salguero. Not sure how he still has a job.

  10. BurkieInBoston says: Jul 18, 2013 8:41 PM

    Still my pick to win AFC East. Due to BB/front office types completely gutting & butchering the WR position, I hope Pats could at least compete for WC w/Steelers Bengals Colts etc

  11. phinfan says: Jul 18, 2013 8:55 PM

    The days of the old dolphins are over. No more paying big money for guys near the end of their career. We no longer want to be known as a ‘retirement community!’

  12. whodey420 says: Jul 18, 2013 8:58 PM

    Gotta agree with Vincentbojackson…. Bengals
    still have FB Chris Pressley on their roster but Orson Charles has been lining up at FB all during the OTA’s. Bengals drafted him in the 4th round of the 2012 draft. He was a beast at Georgia playing TE but the Bengals already have 2 first round pick TE’s plus the veteran Alex Smith in the fold he’s been getting reps at FB. At 6’3″ 250 lbs. he’s got the build of a FB plus a lot of experience catching the ball.
    Might be one of the story lines on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this season. Should be interesting.

  13. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 18, 2013 8:59 PM

    So teams are still willing to overpay for a traditional fullback?

  14. allenjaymosley says: Jul 18, 2013 9:03 PM

    Good. Leach wouldn’t have much of a role in the Dolphins new offense so it makes no sense to sign him, especially long term.

  15. ravensbob says: Jul 18, 2013 9:09 PM

    He’ll look good back in Purple…..

  16. vibesid says: Jul 18, 2013 9:16 PM

    Now Dolphins will not make the playoffs this year. Probably won’t have a winning record.

  17. win1soon says: Jul 18, 2013 10:00 PM

    Super Bowl with or without him…this team is loaded!

  18. giantsfan64 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:10 PM

    Come on Fins. Pick this guy up. He’s better than what you have

  19. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 18, 2013 10:40 PM

    Ravens need to be offered a lot of money before they’ll leave a championship franchise like Baltimore. As opposed to Mike Wallace who gets a few bucks more and kisses that dying franchise GOODBYE!

  20. nabocane says: Jul 18, 2013 11:32 PM

    Hey if you come anywhere near a sentence, finish it.

  21. raiderufan says: Jul 19, 2013 7:16 AM

    I really wish the Raiders would put this guy in front of Darren McFadden. Start finding better ways to utilize Marcel Reece in much more situations (like carrying the ball!!!) and get a devastating blocker in to clear downhill lanes for Darren….I know it most likely won’t happen but dammit it should!

  22. watermelon1 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:44 AM

    The longer he sits out, the more comfortable he gets with having all his free time. So the longer a team waits… The more expensive he’ll get.

    Especially if it comes down to an injury on some team or two… that starts a bidding war for him.

    Once the preseason games start and certain teams QBs are getting entirely too much pressure on then… Teams will rethink not having the best FB in the game.

  23. hercstar says: Jul 19, 2013 1:04 PM

    A 32 year old guy who plays the least valuable position in the game wants a long term deal and is still available? No kidding.

  24. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Jul 19, 2013 1:16 PM

    To the Flacco fan:

    I believe Wallace is getting paid more money than Ellerbe, but I could be wrong.

  25. bomat761 says: Jul 19, 2013 5:12 PM

    Vonta will look great in Giant Blue. Since we all know he will end up in NY.

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