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Vonta Leach in No Rush to Sign with New Team; New York Giants May Be Looking into Other Fullbacks

June 24th, 2013 at 4:45 PM
By Doug Rush

The New York Giants are not going quietly into the night with regards to former Baltimore Ravens fullback Vonta Leach. From the beginning, the Giants always seemed like a long-shot in the sweepstakes to land the Pro Bowl fullback, but they remained interested.

Last week, it had seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Giants were deemed "out" of the running and that the Miami Dolphins had emerged as the favorites for him, especially with the cap room they have to spend on players(reportedly $17 million.) But that hasn't taken the Giants' or General Manager Jerry Reese's interest away in a player he has coveted for over six years.

On early Sunday, it was reported that the Giants will be making a last-ditch effort to try and sign Leach in free agency, but the odds still do not favor the Giants because Leach is not looking for veteran money. Then, on Monday, the free agent fullback spoke on Sirius XM Radio regarding his discussions with the Giants and how interested they are in him.

For the time being, the Giants will likely shift backup tight end Bear Pascoe over to the fullback spot in Henry Hynoski's absence while he is recovering from knee surgery, an injury that is expected to keep him out until early September. But that is if Hynoski's rehab and recovery all goes well. Meanwhile, the Giants are looking at all Plan B's incase Hynoski's knee doesn't heal the way they want it.

Paul Dottino of WFAN mentioned, during fan interactions, that even with their interest in Leach, the team is scouring the free agent market for other options at the position.

There are players like Ovie Mughelli, Earnest Graham, Michael Cox and Peyton Hillis out there, but none of them seem as appealing like signing Leach, who some regard as the best fullback in the sport right now.

Kevin Patra of NFL.com reported that the Giants may in fact increase the offer of their deal for Leach, especially because of the lingering effects of Hynoski's injury and if he may end up starting the season on the PUP List.

With $3.3 million left in their current salary cap, the possibility of the Giants signing Leach seems highly doubtful, especially if free agent linebacker Desmond Bishop chooses to sign with the Giants. Plus, they still need to sign rookies Justin Pugh and Ryan Nassib to their rookie contracts, and don't forget about Victor Cruz and him potentially signing his long-term deal with the team this summer.

Vacchiano mentioned in his story on Saturday night that if the Giants were to sign Leach, they would have to get really creative on their cap number and likely sign him to a multi-year contract in order to fit him into their salary cap space.

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11 Responses to “Vonta Leach in No Rush to Sign with New Team; New York Giants May Be Looking into Other Fullbacks”

  1.  kujo says:

    So, let’s say we sign Leach (we won’t). That’s gotta be a multi-year deal, right? At least 2, perhaps 3. Not bad, but what becomes of Hynoski? This guy has done nothing but get better and better in his first 2 years in the NFL, and is fast on the way towards becoming one of the best fullbacks in the game. What’s more, he’s a restricted free agent after this season, meaning we can slap a tag on him that will scare away other teams (who’s going to cough up a 2nd or 3rd round pick for a fullback?) while we negotiate a new deal. But if we sign Leach, we might as well cut Hynoski.

    No thanks. Let the Bear helm the FB spot, or sign someone cheaper.

    •  kujo says:

      This is the same dance we did with Charles Woodson earlier in the offseason. Sure, we *could* pay for a very good veteran player, and add a difference maker to an area that could use one. But the ripple effects–not to mention the cap ramifications–just don’t merit the expenditure. Yes, Leach is an elite fullback, but I’m not paying top dollar for that position. What we have with Hynoski is EXACTLY how you fill the fullback slot–draft someone low and let them blossom over 2-4 years. If they bust out, fine. If they turn into a solid player, pay them like one. If they become elite, pay them what they’re worth to your team, and be happy you’re not the one with the big pricetag if/when another team offers the moon and stars to a player at a position with a life expectancy of less than 5 years.

  2.  Krow says:

    The only way we sign Leach would be if he wanted to come here. And there’s no indication of that. He’s got 2-3 years left of solid football … has a ring … and needs to look to his financial future.

    And kujo is right about Hynoski. OK, he PUPs the first 6 weeks. Pretty much a lock on that. But then what? Holds the clipboard? Naw, this just makes no sense.

    •  kujo says:

      Yep.

      This is not a WR, or a QB or DE, where you could get away with saying “Well, you can never have too many.” No, this is a FB, and a great many teams don’t even use 1, much less PAY two!

      No, we PUP Hynoski, roll with Bear and/or someone they find off the scrap heap. This dance we’re (allegedly) doing is probably to drive up the price for someone else. We ain’t paying Leach $2 mil/yr. We’re just not.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I’m a huge Hynoscerous fan and expect us to have him back there for the next five years leading Wilson, Brown and Cox past the first line of defense. Save the money and let Leach go elsewhere.

  4.  Dirt says:

    I honestly have no idea, as I don’t study league-wide fullback play, but is Hynoski really ascending to tops in the league?

    Why the non-stop Reese interest in Leach if Hynoski’s so legit, and cheap, and expected to be back quickly?

    •  fanfor55years says:

      The question isn’t whether Hynoski is good enough. It’s whether he’s healthy and whether he will be as good as the best fullback in the NFL. Reese has to look, but I very much doubt he buys.

      •  Dirt says:

        kujo says Hynoski will soon be one of the best fullbacks in the game. I don’t have proper persepctive to evaluate that statement, but if it’s true, then we’ve got a gem on our hands. If it’s homerism, then Reese should absolutely look to upgrade in his usual on-the-cheap way.

  5.  Remy says:

    Leach isn’t going to sign with the Giants, he/his agent are simply trying to gain more leverage with other teams. A little bit of gamesmanship is all this. Moving right along…

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