Harbaugh: "That ends that and that stings."
Ravens fullback Vonta Leach wants to know if he has a role with next year’s team, and plans to sit down with coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome over the next few days. Leach was largely a non-factor in the offense this season, after the Ravens re-signed him to a two-year deal.
Many teams have turned away from using fullbacks and the Ravens went that route, using more multiple wide receiver sets, featuring an empty backfield or just one running back. The Ravens struggled to run the football all season, yet Leach, one of the NFL’s best blocking fullbacks, was rarely used. Leach wants to know if he fits into the Ravens’ future plans, or if he should start looking around. Leach does not plan to retire at age 32.
“I’m going to sit down with them over the next couple of days,” Leach said Monday. “Obviously I wasn’t in the offense a whole lot. I think I can still play this game. I still got a lot of good tread on my tires. “If they had a role for me, ideally I want to come back here. But I understand this is a business. There’s still some teams that use fullback. I think I could play probably another one or two years.”
Leach admitted there were times this season when he wondered why the Ravens re-signed him.
“It always crosses your mind,” Leach said. “Sometimes stuff change. You just got to roll wit the change. I was ready to go whenever they needed me. When a team changes it’s scheme, change what they do, you just have to roll with it.”
But after this season, it appears the Ravens are ready to roll on without Leach.