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Height/Weight: 6-0/260 | Birthdate: 11/6/1981 | Birthplace: Lumberton, NC, USA | Team: Baltimore | College: East Carolina | NFL Experience: 11 | Salary: /images/players/unknown-player-170x170.png | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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Dolphins could have interest in Vonta Leach


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) The Dolphins could have interest in free agent fullback Vonta Leach, reports ESPN. The Ravens cut Leach on Thursday in an effort to save salary.

Leach was in a similar situation last year when the Ravens cut him to save cap room. Leach was immediately invited to Miami to visit during the team's minicamp but never signed with the Dolphins. Instead, he returned to Baltimore.

The Dolphins moved on without a fullback in 2013 in their West Coast offense. Miami tried to convert tight end Michael Egnew to fullback and had mixed results. The Dolphins were 26th in rushing and struggled to consistently gain yards on the ground. Miami also set a new franchise record with 58 quarterback sacks allowed.


Ravens could bring back back Vonta Leach, Jameel McClain


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team would consider re-signing fullback Vonta Leach and linebacker Jameel McClain, who were released Thursday, at lower salaries. "They are our types of players," Newsome said, via the Baltimore Sun.

The team saved nearly $5 million in cap space by cutting the vets. 


Ravens release Vonta Leach, Jameel McClain


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) The Ravens released fullback Vonta Leach and linebacker Jameel McClain, reports the Baltimore Sun. The moves save Baltimore nearly $5 million in cap room.

John Harbaugh on Vonta Leach: It wasn't working


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2014) John Harbaugh has defended the diminishing reps given to Ravens fullback Vonta Leach as the season progressed. Leach averaged just 8.3 snaps in the last nine games and four in the final three games.

"Vonta's role changed when we moved the offense away from a two-back foundation early on, and the reason we moved away from that was because it wasn't working," he told the Baltimore Sun. "We started off with a two-back foundation, and we couldn't run the ball well enough to base the offense and the run game on. And I think we came to the realization, and we had to move away from it, which took Vonta off the field more."

The Ravens placed 30th in the NFL in rushing with 1,328 yards, the lowest in franchise history. Their 3.1 yards per carry average was last in the league.


Vonta Leach hoping fullback spot doesn't go out of vogue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2014) Ravens fullback Vonta Leach has seen his role as almost strictly a blocker diminish in the pass-happy NFL, but still plans on playing out his contract, which runs through 2014, and perhaps beyond.

"I'm going to sit down with [the team] over the next couple of days," he told the team website. "Obviously I wasn't in the offense a whole lot this year. A lot of factors factored into that. I still think I can play in this game. I still got a lot of good tread on my tires."

Leach added that some teams still utilize fullbacks, which gives him hope. The Ravens went more often to single-back sets as the season progressed. Leach finished the year with 11 rushes for 23 yards and 11 receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown.


Ravens receive small offensive contributions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) A few Ravens made small offensive contributions Week 16. Tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson each finished the game with four grabs. Pitta had 34 yards while Dickson had 44 yards.

Wide receiver Marlon Brown also chipped in with four receptions for 51 yards on seven targets. Vonta Leach had one catch for 1 yard. Running back Bernard Pierce rushed for 31 yards on 10 carries and caught three of his five targets for 27 yards. Bernard Scott had two carries for 11 yards and one catch for 2 yards. Tandon Doss was targeted once but held without a grab in a 41-7 defeat.

Vonta Leach, Brandon Stokley hardly contribute Week 14


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Ravens fullback Vonta Leach and wide receiver Brandon Stokley weren't major contributors during a 29-26 win Week 14 vs. Minnesota. Leach had no yards despite one carry and one catch, while Stokley had just one catch for 2 yards.

The Ravens are back in action Week 15 at Detroit.


Brandon Stokley, Vonta Leach quiet contributors


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2013) In his return from a seven-game absence for a thigh issue, Ravens wide receiver Brandon Stokley was targeted only once Week 12 against the Jets, catching a 7-yard pass. Fullback Vonta Leach actually got more looks, catching one of the two passes thrown his way for a 6-yard gain.

Vonta Leach receives one carry


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Ravens fullback Vonta Leach had just one carry against the Bears Week 11.

Leach picked up just 1 yard on his only carry. He was targeted once in the passing game, but could not come up with the ball. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce combined for 35 rushing attempts, so there wasn't much need to give Leach much work.

Leach will take on the Jets Week 12.


Vonta Leach has two yards on two carries


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/10/2013) Ravens fullback Vonta Leach gained two yards on two carries in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Bengals. Leach has now received at least one carry in the team's last two games. 

The Ravens travel to Chicago to face the Bears in Week 11. 


Ravens receivers help out in defeat to Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Several Ravens receivers made minor contrbutions to the offense Sunday in Cleveland. The most significant were Deonte Thompson, who caught three passes for 24 yards, and Tandon Doss, who added two receptions for 29 yards.

Also in the mix were tight ends Dallas Clark, who had just one reception for 14 yards, and Ed Dickson, who snagged one for 3 yards. Fullback Vonta Leach had 2 yards on one running attempt.


Ravens get minor contributions from role players in Week 7


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) The Ravens received minor offensive contributions from a few role players Week 7 against the Steelers.

In the passing game, wide receiver Tandon Doss caught two passes from Joe Flacco for 35 yards while tight end Ed Dickson caught each of his first two passes for a first down and finished with 17 yards.

In the running game, Bernard Pierce had six carries for 13 yards (2.2 yards per carry) and caught one pass for a gain of 9 yards. Vonta Leach had three carries for 10 yards (3.3 yards per carry) and had only one catch for a 3-yard gain in a 19-16 defeat.

Vonta Leach makes a Week 4 catch


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Ravens fullback Vonta Leach hauled in one pass during the Week 4 loss at Buffalo on Sunday. Leach caught one pass for 2 yards in the game. He was targeted twice. Baltimore plays at Miami Week 5. 

Role players contribute for Ravens Week 2


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2013) The Ravens received offensive contributions from a few role players Week 2 vs. Cleveland. Wide receiver Brandon Stokley managed four catches (five targets) for 36 yards, tight end Billy Bajema had one catch for 18 yards and fullback Vonta Leach had one catch for 12 yards.

The Ravens are back in action Week 3 vs. Houston.


Vonta Leach scores rare touchdown


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) Ravens fullback Vonta Leach scored his first touchdown through the air in four seasons Thursday, in Week 1's 49-27 loss to the Broncos.

Leach hauled in three passes for 12 yards in the game, with one of them going for a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter of the game. 


Anthony Allen among victims of Ravens' cuts


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2013) The Ravens have released running back Anthony Allen in their round of cuts on Friday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Allen was squeezed out when the team decided to keep two fullbacks in starter Vonta Leach and rookie Kyle Juszczyk.

The other Ravens let go were cornerback Marc Anthony, linebackers Nigel Carr and Brandon Copeland, running back Delone Carter, quarterback Dayne Crist, offensive tackles Jordan Devey and Rogers Gaines, tight end Alex Silvestro and center Reggie Stephens.

The Ravens also terminated the contract of quarterback Caleb Hanie and placed outside linebacker D.J. Bryant (ACL) on IR.


Ravens re-sign fullback Vonta Leach


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) The Ravens have re-signed Vonta Leach, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Baltimore had cut the 31-year-old fullback in May in a cap move.


Report: Vonta Leach taking physical with Ravens


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Fullback Vonta Leach was at the Ravens' facility Monday taking a physical and working out, reports the Baltimore Sun. It appears Ray Rice's lead blocker is close to re-signing with Baltimore, which cut him in May for cap reasons.


Giants still after Vonta Leach


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/11/2013) The Giants remain in the running to sign free agent fullback Vonta Leach, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Leach was thought to have narrowed his choices to the Dolphins and Ravens, but the Giants are still in the running for his services. He played with the Ravens last year.


Vonta Leach still looking for right deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/9/2013) Free agent fullback Vonta Leach continues to wait for the right offer before signing with a team, and his choices could be between the Dolphins and Ravens.

The Miami Herald reports that Leach has "a standing contract offer from the Baltimore Ravens, but he wants to do better than that offer." The Dolphins haven't yet made a solid contract offer. The team and agent discussed general parameters weeks ago but that's all.

The report says Leach does really like the idea of joining the Dolphins, but the money has to be right.


Agent thinks Vonta Leach will sign with Dolphins


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/26/2013) Agent Ralph Vitolo believes his client, fullback Vonta Leach, will sign with the Dolphins. "It's the right place to be," Vitolo told the Miami Herald. "We're trying to crunch the numbers." 

If he signs with Miami, Leach will likely be charged with popping open holes for second-year rusher Lamar Miller. Leach has worked with the likes of Ray Rice, Arian Foster and others through his nine-year career. 


Dolphins want Vonta Leach


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/21/2013) Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is said to want a deal done by the end of the week with free agent fullback Vonta Leach, the Miami Herald reports.

Leach has been on the free agent market since the Ravens cut him early last week. He visited the Dolphins during last week's minicamp but left without a deal in place. 

If signed, Leach would assumedly become the starting fullback on the Dolphins. He has drawn interest from multiple teams.


Vonta Leach close to finding team


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2013) Fullback Vonta Leach expects to sign with a new team soon after being released by the Ravens last week.

"I know I can play in this league, and I've got some teams that are courting me," Leach said, according to the Daily Reflector. "In the next two weeks, I know where I'll be playing."

Leach has called a return to the Texans, where he earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2010, his first choice. He visited with the Dolphins last week. Nearly every team that features a fullback has been connected to Leach at some point in the last week.

"There are a lot of teams out there that want me; about seven teams," Leach said. "Me and my agent are going to take our time and see what's the best fit for me. I'm probably going to play three more years before I hang it up."


Leach out in Baltimore


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2013) The Ravens have released veteran Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach after a new contract couldn't be agreed upon. The Ravens will likely utilize rookie Kyle Juszczyk as their fullback in 2013.

Leach becomes Super Bowl champ


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2013) Ravens fullback Vonta Leach didn't get many chances to make an impact against the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Leach had one carry for a 1-yard gain and caught just three passes for 10 yards in a 34-31 victory.