Shortly after being released by the Baltimore Ravens, the New York Giants inquired about fullback Vonta Leach. On Thursday, Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger reported that the team even went as far as to opening up a dialog with the three-time Pro Bowlers agent, but they were quick to inform him that cap space would be a potential issue.
Leach, who was expected to earn $3 million in Baltimore prior to his release, is likely looking for about the same on the open market. Unfortunately for the Giants, they have only about $3 million in cap space, while the Miami Dolphins, who hosted Leach earlier this week, are estimated to be about $17 million under. The Houston Texans, Leach's former team and another reported front runner, also have more space than Big Blue.
The Giants' need for Leach stems from an MCL injury suffered by Henry Hynoski early on at organized team activities (OTAs). It also goes back a number of years, including 2006 when the team had signed Leach to an offer sheet before he returned to the Texans. Since then, the two sides have expressed mutual interest, but the timing was never right (sounds almost like a courtship, doesn't it?).
In the interim, the Giants are going with tight end Bear Pascoe as Hynoski's replacement.
"Bear has done it before," Gilbride said, citing the 2010 season when Pascoe moonlighted for Madison Hedgecock. "Unless the powers that be bring a guy in, we’ll make due."
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