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Agent for Free Agent FB Vonta Leach: New York Giants Will Need to Be Creative

June 26th, 2013 at 12:36 PM
By Doug Rush

The New York Giants' chances of landing free agent fullback Vonta Leach are very slim, but they remain in the mix for the veterans services, despite the Miami Dolphins emerging as the front runners.

Leach's agent, Ralph Vitolo, spoke to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post and said that the Giants are in fact a great fit and that he and Leach would visit if they wanted to.

“Vonta will visit if the Giants ask him to,’’ Leach’s agent, Ralph Vitolo, told The Post Wednesday morning. “No team has been excluded. The Giants are a great fit also but we have to be creative.’’

Earlier on Wednesday, Vitolo told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that he sees his client landing with the Dolphins because it's the right place to be and they were working on the numbers for a potential contract.

"Asked if he believes Leach will sign with Miami, Vitolo said: “I think so. I hope so. It’s the right place to be. We’re trying to crunch the numbers."

The reason why Vitolo said the Giants would need to be creative is due to the fact that the team only has $3.3 million left in salary cap space and they still have to sign rookie draft picks Justin Pugh and Ryan Nassib. The Dolphins however, have around $17.6 million in cap space, which is why they look like the favorites for Leach.

Despite the lack of money, the Giants were reportedly going to make a last-ditch effort to sign Leach due to the fact that they need a fullback. Starting fullback Henry Hynoski had knee surgery back on May 24 and may begin the season on the PUP List, which could knock him out of the first six games of the 2013 season.

For the time being, the Giants will likely shift tight end Bear Pascoe over to the fullback position, something he has done in the past, but he is a more natural tight end as opposed to being a fullback, and if given the opportunity, Leach would be a better option at fullback for the team.

The 31-year-old Leach was released by the Baltimore Ravens after two seasons with the reigning Super Bowl Champions after he failed to restructure his contract with Baltimore; he was owed $3 million in 2013 before his release. Back in 2007, the Giants had signed Leach to a four-year offer sheet, but the Houston Texans matched the Giants offer.

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24 Responses to “Agent for Free Agent FB Vonta Leach: New York Giants Will Need to Be Creative”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    This is getting pretty crazy.

    To get Leach the Giants would have to give him a three-year contract (so they can make a good bit of his pay fall in the second and third year) and decide to cut ties with Hynoski. Leach may be better over the next three years than will be Hynoski, but retaining Hynoscerous (and passing on Leach) should mean that they can work a deal with him at some point at a reasonable cost that would keep him long beyond when Leach retires .

    This only makes ANY sense if Reese and Mara have concluded that Hynoski will be successful and then cost more than they’d be willing to pay on the open market when he reaches free agency. IF they have concluded that, then they might figure they’ll need to draft a new fullback in the next two years so might as well bring him in behind Leach to learn rather than put him in competition with Hynoski.

    That’s the ONLY way I see all of this reported interest making any sense.

    •  JimStoll says:

      I still don’t get the fixation on Leach, a FB, or any FB for that matter
      It is one way to design a running game, but not the only way
      and why tie up $$ there when the heart and soul of your team is QB/WR?

      •  purorock says:

        …because the last few Super Bowl champions have had a fullback. Actually, I don’t know if you can name a Super Bowl champ without a fullback.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    It just seems like the agent is trying to use us to get more money from another team. If he hasn’t been invited to visit then I think that shows we are not really interested.

  3.  Krow says:

    They’re just going back to the well. Last time they used us like a cheap screwdriver to get more cash. So naturally you have to expect them to come back to their fools again. Hopefully we won’t make them an offer this time round.

  4.  GIANTT says:

    Does this make sense ? Leach would rather play for the Giants b/c they are a much better team and are the ones most likely to get to the playoffs . The Giants have made him an offer above vet minimum .Miami has also made an offer better than the Giants but not hugely so . They may have 17 or so mill in cap room but they dont necessarily have to make a big splash with it . The agent knows the Giants cap situation and hes telling them that they arent too far apart if the Giants want him but it may be a little more than the 3.3 mill available so thus comes the get creative part .I would think that this drama is still going on b/c Leach sees a better fit for him here and wants to see how much the Giants can pay .
    Jim , I think that a strong running game obviously helps Eli immeasurably and having a strong fullback even though its not in fashion these days seems to point out that the Giants want a strong running game this year .
    I dont see the Giants going beyond what they have already offered Leach , I think Hynoski is more than adequate for the job and even if he misses some games (it seems anywhere up to 6 weeks or so ) I think Pascoe can fill in

  5.  kujo says:

    Holy sh*t! Hernandez charged with murder and 5 gun-related charges, including being in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

    •  F0XLIN says:

      JR can get him at the vet min now

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      he flushed his whole life down the toilet.

      You can’t get away with getting into a fistfight nowadays, forget about murder. What an idiot.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Yeah this is why he was released. The Pats got some good PR for a few hours but they knew the charges and no one is going to keep someone accused of murdering a friend. Just that charge he’s probably suspended 2 years from the NFL. These are extremely serious charges. Considering his status and money you know there is evidence behind these charges. SMH

  6.  GOAT56 says:

    They are saying the orchestrated the execution. Only Carruth was a sad tell on this level.

  7.  F0XLIN says:

    The Blue Cotton Candy Bubblicious gets em every time

  8.  Krow says:

    But he’s rich … famous … so there’s a good chance he walks.

    •  JimStoll says:

      no way
      dumped the body
      destroyed his cell phone (wonder if there is any way the FBI can get his phone records from the phone company — think, think)
      hired a cleaning service the day of
      he is going straight to jail without passing Go

      •  Krow says:

        Ray Lewis … OJ Simpson … a thousand bankers and hedge funds managers …

        •  GOAT56 says:

          Famous doesn’t matter in part because he’s not really famous. He’s rich though and the defense he can buy will give him a chance to get off. The difference is even if he gets off he won’t be living a regular life. He will have to spend a ton in legal fees. And the Pats will probably get some of their money back.

          •  Sonny Mukhopadhyay says:

            He’ll walk, right into a jail cell, he’s no banker, he’s no hedge fund manager, and he’s no superstar hall of famer.

            He’s not that famous, this isn’t a HOFer or super popular celebrity we are talking about, he is a young just starting his career player who just got dumped by the beloved team and a coach the locals think walks on water.

            His money is a question mark now, the team will absolutely pursue bonuses paid to him.

            Even with a left wing judge, and 12 card carrying ACLU hippies on the jury, he still has no chance.

            At least O.J. Simpson had the dream team, and was overwhelmingly popular before his trial. Ray Lewis had enough guys who could take the fall and he cut a deal.

            This idiot has nothing, and he is going to need one hell of an (expensive) lawyer, and that fact that he got cuffed from his house (and not given the option to turn himself in) shows something is seriously up.

  9.  rlhjr says:

    KILLER Tight End……….LMFAO

    •  Sonny Mukhopadhyay says:

      He WAS a tight end, by the time he gets out of prison, he’ll be a WIDE receiver, LOL.

  10.  rlhjr says:

    The value in Leach is plain and simple. Where Wilson and Brown are the type of runners who can be effective with only a crease. The presents of Leach would give them “large gaps” to run through. With a plow like Leach in front of him, Wilson could go for 2K. Finally, he’s a good a pass protector as B-Jac was and that is saying something. Other than that, he’s not much to talk about.

    But he’s too rich for the Giants blood at this point. But you never know………..

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