I’ve got bad news for you if you’re a Ravens fan and thought the post Super Bowl salary cap crunch was over. It’s not.
At noon Tuesday the Baltimore Ravens released veteran fullback Vonta Leach. It was a much anticipated move following this report from Jason La Canfora, indicating that the Ravens were going to release Vonta Leach if they couldn’t find a trade partner. No such trade materialized and Ozzie Newsome held true to his word.
Speaking to his nearly 60,000 followers, Leach released a series of tweets regarding his release from the Ravens.
Thank @ravens organization for a great two years. I came here and did what we set out to do and that's win the Super Bowl. My time here— VontaLeach44 (@vleach44) June 10, 2013
here is up but what we accomplished, we will be forever linked. Thank the fans for accepting me and my family to Bmore. #newchapter#samegoal— VontaLeach44 (@vleach44) June 10, 2013
This is just the latest in series of cuts, releases, retires and trades from the Ravens 2013 Super Bowl team. To this point in the offseason the Ravens have lost nine members of that team, including six starters.
The release of Leach will free up $4M in cap space and save the team $3M in actual cash. Both numbers were considered an excessive amount, even for a fullback of Leach’s quality, in a league that is seemingly leaving that position behind.
In retrospect this move really shouldn’t come as any surprise. Firstly, the Ravens plan on emphasizing the spread in their offense more than they have in times past and secondly because they used a fourth-round pick on a fullback in the draft. If not for cap reasons, there were plenty of other ways to justify his release.
Finding work should prove no difficulty for Leach. In his last four seasons, two with the Houston Texans and two with the Ravens, Leach has blocked for the likes of Arian Foster and Ray Rice. He also has three All-Pro and three Pro-Bowl season his to credit. It seems redundant, but, there’s also a Super Bowl ring on his person now as well.
Somebody with those credentials, fullback or otherwise, won’t be unemployed for long.
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