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43Hitman
06-11-2013, 12:26 PM
The Baltimore Ravens made it official today, cutting Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach after they were unable to work out a trade following attempts to restructure his contract.
The Ravens are replacing him on the roster with veteran blocking tight end Billy Bajema, who was on the team last season as the third tight end.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has submitted the paperwork to the league office for Leach to be removed from the roster immediately. He's now a free agent and expected to be in demand from teams looking for a traditional blocking fullback.


“We’ve had lots of discussion in the past week with Vonta and his agent, and both parties agreed that it was best to terminate Vonta’s contract,” Newsome said in a statement. “He played a significant role in helping us get to the AFC championship game in 2011 and win the Super Bowl last season. He added to our toughness and will to win, plus he provided leadership. He’s a good football player. There could be an opportunity for him to return to the Ravens once he explores the free agent market, and we could revisit this before or during training camp.”
Leach already said goodbye via his official Twitter account Monday night after The Baltimore Sun reported that he would be either released or traded Tuesday.
"Thank Ravens organization for a great two years," Leach wrote. "I came here and did what we set out to do and that's win the Super Bowl. My time here is up but what we accomplished, we will forever be linked."
Leach was due a $3 million base salary and carries a $4.33 million salary-cap figure. So, the Ravens will save a total of $3 million against the salary cap while still carrying $1.33 million in dead money from the prorated portion of Leach's three-year, $11 million contract that included a $4 million signing bonus.
Former Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk was drafted in the fourth round in April and will be the new starting fullback. At 6 feet 1, 248 pounds, Juszczyk still has to establish himself as a blocking presence in the NFL.
Juszczyk, who caught 125 career passes in the Ivy League for 1,576 yards and 22 touchdowns before excelling at the Senior Bowl, is expected to have a versatile, pass-catching role that includes lining up at fullback, tight end and H-back

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-ravens-make-it-official-cut-vonta-leach-resign-billy-bajema-20130611,0,670296.story#ixzz2VvSGkoDW

Fire Haley
06-11-2013, 12:28 PM
If it would change Haley's ...."line up the single RB 8 yds behind the LOS on every play and run it up the gut" ...scheme.....I'd say go get him.

43Hitman
06-11-2013, 12:31 PM
If it would change Haley's ...."line up the single RB 8 yds behind the LOS on every play and run it up the gut" ...scheme.....I'd say go get him.

I see what your saying, I just think we have a better option with Will Johnson, he's younger and can do more than just block and sometimes have a carry or two. For what Haley does, Johnson is going to be an asset. Not to mention he's going to come a lot cheaper than Leach would.

Buddha Bus
06-11-2013, 12:34 PM
Leach is a beast, but he's also over 31-years old. I'd rather go with a 23-year old Will Johnson with some upside and years left on him.

Atlanta Dan
06-11-2013, 01:08 PM
Leach, 31, becomes the ninth starter from the Super Bowl team not to return for the Ravens.

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/71283/no-surprise-ravens-to-part-ways-with-leach

I cannot recall a Super Bowl winning team ever having that much turnover. Credit to Ozzie Newsome for having the courage to turn the page

Fire Haley
06-11-2013, 01:09 PM
I see what your saying, I just think we have a better option with Will Johnson.

yeah - you know what I'm talking about, and it's obvious, to me at least



I'm tired of half-assed hybrid H-backs trying to block and protect....Leach is bonafide smashmouth probowler
- the last of his kind

If they're serious about getting a running game going Leach would be a perfect lead blocker to blast some holes for our young RB

GMU Steeler
06-11-2013, 04:04 PM
That's a pretty big cut. He's helped make their running game that more effective. I know Rice and the RB they drafted last year will be disappointed to see that.

lloydwoodson
06-11-2013, 04:31 PM
4.3 million dollar cap hit on a fullback?

http://i42.tinypic.com/2z4bmle.jpg

fer522
06-11-2013, 04:32 PM
I'd rather have Leach than Johnson any day of the week,I don't care if he's 31 he's a fucking beast

Fire Arians
06-11-2013, 06:27 PM
4.3 million dollar cap hit on a fullback?

thats a bit pricey for the position. id say too high unless its william floyd or mike alstott in their prime

JonM229
06-12-2013, 06:59 AM
That is a lot of money for a blocking fullback. He'd average maybe 1-2 touches per game, if that. However, as Buddha said, he's a fucking beast. There was nothing more pleasing than seeing Leach destroy a linebacker.

43Hitman
06-12-2013, 02:47 PM
That is a lot of money for a blocking fullback. He'd average maybe 1-2 touches per game, if that. However, as Buddha said, he's a fucking beast. There was nothing more pleasing than seeing Leach destroy a linebacker.

Yeah, he is definitely a beast, but not 4.3 million dollars beast.

lloydwoodson
06-12-2013, 03:59 PM
thats a bit pricey for the position. id say too high unless its william floyd or mike alstott in their prime

Do you remember Floyd's horrific knee injury? My God that was gruesome. 90 degrees back the other way just sticking out of the pile. Was one of the worst injuries in the NFL to watch. But yeah, he was an awesome fullback for the Niners prior to the injury and Floyd + Waters was an awesome backfield combo. Too bad it didn't last.

sluggermatt15
06-16-2013, 03:54 PM
That is a lot of money for a blocking fullback. He'd average maybe 1-2 touches per game, if that. However, as Buddha said, he's a fucking beast. There was nothing more pleasing than seeing Leach destroy a linebacker.

Yep not worth that much money either, IMO. ~$4M is nearly back up to starter RB dollars.