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Report: Vonta Leach expected to re-sign with Ravens


The Baltimore Ravens and fullback Vonta Leach appear to be headed toward a reunion.

According to Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star Ledger, Leach will make a decision on which team he will play for this season on Friday and is learning toward heading back to Baltimore.

Leach was released by the Ravens in May in a cap-related move. He then met with a handful of teams in free agency including the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins but was unable to find a deal he deemed suitable.

The Giants and Ravens both had standing offers on the table to Leach. The deal with New York was reportedly a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. The Ravens have kept the deal they offered Leach before his release on the table. He was scheduled to make $3 million this season before being let go. The deal Baltimore tried to negotiate with Leach before his release was for $2 million with the ability to make the final $1 million back in incentives.

If those deals are still available to Leach, it seems pretty obvious why he’s leaning toward a return trip to Baltimore.

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50 Responses to “Report: Vonta Leach expected to re-sign with Ravens”
  1. SAV says: Jul 26, 2013 12:26 AM

    Welcome home Big Dog. Told everyone with two ears you’d be back. Sorry half your salary was cut but we love ya fam.

  2. jamesundeee says: Jul 26, 2013 12:27 AM

    Maybe this would stop the endless comments about a “gap in leadership”. Tell that to Harbaugh, Flacco, Ngata, Suggs, Rice, Yanda, Ladarius… You don’t think thay playing alongside the greatest leader in modern NFL times, you don’t learn a thing or two? Leadership isn’t just a warm-up speech, it’s setting the right example for the people around you.

  3. willbrownimaging says: Jul 26, 2013 12:38 AM

    Really happy to see Leach come back to Baltimore (if it comes to fruition).

    Great for Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, plus it allows 4th round rookie Kyle Juszczyk to learn from the best blocking FB in the game, which is huge.

  4. baltimoremikeg says: Jul 26, 2013 12:38 AM

    The Dolphins needed this guy to help out their young RBs. Baltimore will gladly take Leach back!

  5. siggtacular says: Jul 26, 2013 12:39 AM

    Come back home, Vonta. Lets get another ring !!!

  6. kevinravens1 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:45 AM

    This needed to happen!! Thank the lord!!! Baltimore Repeattttt

  7. ceejayb says: Jul 26, 2013 12:57 AM

    Just when I thought I was out…. They pull me back in.

  8. iknowwhatimtalkingabout says: Jul 26, 2013 1:05 AM

    glad hes back in a ravens uniform. no hard feeling for either sides. let’s get it!

  9. imeanwhatisay says: Jul 26, 2013 1:16 AM

    come on home leach so we can REPEAT GO RAVENS

  10. greenmeattruck says: Jul 26, 2013 1:44 AM

    That pic is awesome! Look out for the dumptruck!

  11. fukpittsburgh says: Jul 26, 2013 2:50 AM

    Come home Vonta. You know you want another ring.

  12. nflhawks says: Jul 26, 2013 3:35 AM

    Come to Seattle! Lynch with Leach hmm……. That would be a hb/fb duo that could run some people over!

  13. dcapettini says: Jul 26, 2013 5:09 AM

    The Great and Powerful Oz strikes again. Leach and Rice make a fantastic combination, Look out AFC North, the Ravens are coming back!

  14. lagg1 says: Jul 26, 2013 5:13 AM

    Great!- If this is true. Leach is a pro who loves to hit people. He is also a great teammate. In addition he carried the ball in the 4th quarter against New England in the championship game and helped consume a lot of clock. Ray Rice is happy!

  15. lombardiwinners2013 says: Jul 26, 2013 5:52 AM

    Another proven leader back in the locker room. Haters, remember what you said when we let him go?

  16. bigdaddyraven says: Jul 26, 2013 6:06 AM

    Come back home Vonta.

  17. loyalraven says: Jul 26, 2013 6:15 AM

    I love bullying the Steelers. Someone go ask Casey Hampton if he wants some more pancakes LOL

  18. djstat says: Jul 26, 2013 6:35 AM

    Welcome Back Vonte!!

  19. braven4evr says: Jul 26, 2013 6:41 AM

    come back home Vonta!

  20. pologroundsvet says: Jul 26, 2013 6:44 AM

    C’mon Jints. Find the money if Hynoski cannot go. Huge difference maker here, especially with some questions up front.

  21. ravenmomma says: Jul 26, 2013 6:51 AM

    Welcome back to Baltimore, Vonta! We’re waiting for you with open arms. We know you’ve been “learning” towards us the whole time ;D

  22. deathonwings410 says: Jul 26, 2013 6:58 AM

    #SBChamps #LeachisABeast #Repeat

  23. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 26, 2013 7:19 AM


  24. bandzz says: Jul 26, 2013 7:20 AM

    Uh oooo the Juggernaut has returned!

  25. myann25 says: Jul 26, 2013 7:27 AM

    Go Leach!!! Love that photo.

  26. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 26, 2013 8:02 AM

    Let’s hope he comes back and knocks the Steelers DL flat on its back.

  27. getyourownname says: Jul 26, 2013 8:13 AM

    If the report is true regarding comparative terms, the Ravens are slightly overpaying out of a sense of loyalty, and it’s easy to see why players love playing for that organization.

  28. corvusmaximus says: Jul 26, 2013 8:13 AM

    Hmmm…league minimum or 2 mil maybe 3
    what to do, what to do.

    They left an offer on the table Mr. Leach so who’s gonna love ya more than Charm City?

  29. haterade999 says: Jul 26, 2013 8:16 AM

    Good thing he’s learning that way.

  30. phinfan527 says: Jul 26, 2013 8:21 AM

    Miami will regret not signing Leach. Thomas doesn’t scare anybody and if Miller is the #1 back, he needs help blocking. I understand Bush was the main back last season, but if Miller is #1, not signing Leach will bite him in the ass!!

  31. sbchampsagain says: Jul 26, 2013 8:49 AM

    Pretty shrewed move by Ozzie and the Ravens.
    Letting ole Vonta test the market, and see what his true value is.
    No sense in overpaying for a guy that only plays 50% of snaps.

  32. vibesid says: Jul 26, 2013 9:11 AM

    Vonta will lead Ravens to another Super Bowl title.

  33. wakaflockaflacco says: Jul 26, 2013 9:21 AM

    As a football fan I love Leach’s playing style and as a Ravens fan I’m excited to have this monster back. Ozzie knows the market value of players as good as anyone.

  34. dickjagger says: Jul 26, 2013 9:25 AM

    Most money, best team, why not? The phins aren’t winning it all anytime soon so why not defend you’re title?

  35. anonymousraven1 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:25 AM

    I suppose he’ll be useful when we play him, but with us (deservedly) moving toward a more open offense with Caldwell, I’m not sure how much he’ll see the field. He was only on it for around 33% of snaps last year.

  36. frombalttosf says: Jul 26, 2013 9:27 AM

    Glad to have this guy back in the fold. Very underrated player for us – I hope we can utilize him more in the new system. Over the last few games with Caldwell, he was used in the passing game with surprising efficiency.

  37. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 26, 2013 9:29 AM

    Wow, 1,2,3 and 4, right down the line with the most hated teams in the NFL. What a huge mistake for Leach if he re signs with Baltimorgue.

  38. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 26, 2013 9:32 AM

    He’s a great fullback, great locker room guy and we miss him dearly here in Houston. But he got WAY too much money for a fullback that rarely carries the ball.

  39. vikesandravens78 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:03 AM

    Hope it’s true! He was a big reason for Ray Rice’s success last year, and the dude’s a tank. Fun to watch him bulldoze people like in the picture above.

  40. mch243 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:08 AM

    I love how the haters say we won’t compete this year. Younger, faster defense with a veteran additions will improve our play from last year. 2 burners on the outside, Pitta and Dickson working the middle, a versatile fullback, and lets not forget a punishing run game with Rice, Pierce, and Leach.

    Talk all the trash you want like every year. Ravens will still be a playoff contender just like we are year in and year out.

    Go Ravens!

  41. taosravenfan says: Jul 26, 2013 11:24 AM

    @doltswim – why don’t you stop worrying about your betters and start worrying about the JV which is where you belong

  42. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 26, 2013 11:29 AM

    “Let’s hope he comes back and knocks the Steelers DL flat on its back.”

    He’d first have to make it through that big marshmellow jelly-roll of an offensive line you have. Besides, the Ravens will only take him if he’s 30 lbs overweight to keep their strategy consistent. Unless he’s been hanging out with McKinnie, Cody, Jones and Pierce, he’s probably not fat enough yet.

  43. taosravenfan says: Jul 26, 2013 11:38 AM

    Hey crown thats really funny. What was your record last year? Hey, just to let you know in case you just came out of your cave, the RAVENS ARE THE SB CHAMPS AGAIN!!

  44. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 26, 2013 12:32 PM

    Hey tao, as I’ve stated multiple times before, congratulations on your SB win, well-earned. Didn’t know that also meant all of the off-season moves are off-limits to criticism.

    And that’s your comeback – “what was your record last year?” Yikes, just when I thought it couldn’t get any more dense in here, another one pops up.

  45. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 26, 2013 12:46 PM

    “He’d first have to make it through that big marshmellow jelly-roll of an offensive line you have.”

    When does Steelers training camp begin? Conditioning tests aren’t until 4pm today? Hmmm…I guess there’s no rush when you plan on spending the entire season in the AFCN basement.

  46. sandy102270 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:50 PM

    Hi crown,

    Please stop drawing attention to people who are overweight…err…big boned.

    Thanks buddy!
    Ben & Lamarr

    PS–Byron and Casey say hi!!

  47. guitarkevin says: Jul 26, 2013 1:01 PM

    I left the light on for you big guy. Come on back.

  48. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 26, 2013 1:41 PM

    @guitarkevin, Ayenbadejo supports your post.

  49. taosravenfan says: Jul 26, 2013 4:25 PM

    Crown – just giving back a very little bit of what you give. All in good sportsmanship. Still think ours is by far the best rivalry on football and I don’t count out gentle Ben until the clock reads 0:00.

    I will say though that what I saw as a recent pic of him reminded me of the pillsbury doughboy. Unless it was an old pic. So I’m not too sure is be calling out ravens for the fat farm. Although you did lose 3 players when you cut Casey Hampton.

  50. jmblosser82 says: Jul 26, 2013 5:07 PM

    For starters, the steelers had no issues stopping your offense last year, and for all of your existence…you can thank jones fir your split last year. And second Ozzie had nothing to do with this, he went out and no team was willing to pay so he had no choice other then take the pay cut with the ravens. Lastly, Ravens will not repeat, I doubt they will even win the division.

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