TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
NFL

FB Leach signs two-year contract with Ravens

{eot}
The Canadian Press
7/29/2013 6:20:31 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens never gave up hope of getting back fullback Vonta Leach, and Monday they got their wish.

Leach signed a two-year contract with the defending Super Bowl champions after failing to find a proper suitor in the free agent market.

"I'm excited about it. It's great news," coach John Harbaugh said. "We've been in contact, we've been talking all along. It worked out great for the Ravens."

Leach paved the way for running back Ray Rice to gain 1,143 yards last season. Leach ran nine times for 32 yards during the regular season and scored a touchdown against Indianapolis during Baltimore's run to the Super Bowl.

But Leach declined to renegotiate his contract during the off-season and was released by Baltimore in June. At the time, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome left open the possibility that Leach could come back, saying, "There could be an opportunity for him to return to the Ravens once he explores the free-agent market."

That is exactly what happened.

Houston, Miami and the New York Giants expressed interest, but Leach ended up back to Baltimore, where he spent the past two seasons and earned two Pro Bowl invitations.

"He came in today to work out," Harbaugh said after Monday's practice. "Did a great job on the conditioning test, did a nice job in the workout. He's ready to go, and we're pleased to have him back."

The Ravens are off Tuesday, so Leach should be back on the field Wednesday.

While he was gone, the Ravens drafted Harvard rookie Kyle Juszczyk at fullback. Juszczyk will become a second-stringer, but Harbaugh believes both fullbacks will be utilized.

"It's good to have fullbacks," Harbaugh said. "We normally have two during training camp and through the course of the season it will valuable for us. There will plenty of reps for those guys."

Leach will get the majority of the time when the games count, though, beginning with the Sept. 5 opener in Denver.

"Vonta being here gives us a dimension that is valuable for us," Harbaugh said. "When we head into the Denver game and thereafter, having him in the mix is going to be important."

Leach, 31, broke into the NFL in 2004 with Green Bay. Although his job is usually open up holes for other runners, he has rushed for 70 yards and scored three touchdown in addition to catching 112 passes for 749 yards and four scores.

NOTES: Harbaugh said TE Dennis Pitta's dislocated hip is not career-threatening. "It's a very rare football injury," the coach said. "The good news is that there's a fracture, but it's in the back part of the bone. There's no ligament damage, no cartilage damage. He should be rehabbing in six to eight weeks." ... Two ice cream trucks drove onto the field after practice and served up treats to the players and coaches. Harbaugh got a banana boat. ... Offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele returned to practice after missing three days with a hamstring injury.

Vonta Leach (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

zoom

(Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story

NFL Top Prospects

Take a look at each prospect's average draft position and most likely landing spot based in TSN.ca's Mock Draft ADP. More...


TSN Digital's Mock Draft | Top prospects; Canadians



Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.


Check out ReOrientation - TSN's special three-part feature examining athletics and homosexuality.


More about ReOrientation

Podcasts

TSN 1050: NFL Tonight- Andy McNamara & Carlan Gay: April 23rd 2014

Andy Mac and Carlan Gay talk about the upcoming NFL season!

TSN 1050: TSN Drive with Dave Naylor: April 15 - Tim Graham

Tim Graham provides an update on the potential sale of the Buffalo Bills , Donald Trump, when a new stadium will be built, and more.

TSN 1050: NFL Tonight: Andy McNamara and Carlan Gay: April 6th

Andy Mac and Carlan Gay break down the latest news in the NFL.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television