After brief hiatus, Leach is back with Ravens
The Ravens re-signed fullback Vonta Leach on Monday, coach John Harbaugh confirmed, getting back a member of last season’s Super Bowl team, and one of the NFL’s best blocking fullbacks.
“He came in today to workout, did a great job on the conditioning test," Harbaugh said. "He’s in shape and ready to go, and we’re pleased to have him back."
Leach and the Ravens finally agreed to a deal, keeping the lines of communication open after the Ravens released Leach in a June salary cap move. Leach had drawn interest from a number of teams, including the Texans, Dolphins, and Giants. However, returning to the Ravens is probably the best fit for Leach, and it’s a popular move in the Ravens’ locker room.
“Having Vonta back gives you a physical presence for sure with the offense, short yardage, goal line. Also, it’s a leadership presence," Harbaugh said. "We’ve been hopeful that this would happen all along.”
The move comes as the Ravens adjust to losing tight end Dennis Pitta for the season with a fractured hip. If the Ravens’ passing game struggles without Pitta, the running game may have to pick up the slack. That is where Leach is at his best, opening holes for Ray Rice and Pierce.
During Saturday’s practice, linebacker Terrell Suggs referred to Leach after tackling running back Bernard Pierce behind the line of scrimmage. Yelling as loudly as he could, so that everyone could hear, Suggs screamed, “Where’s Vonta Leach when you need him?”’
Suggs does not have to ask anymore. Leach is back with the Ravens.