Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Report: Dolphins to host FB Vonta Leach
By James Walker
When a big-name free agent is available this offseason, there is a good chance the Miami Dolphins have interest.
The free-spending Dolphins, who have already handed out contracts worth more than $200 million this year, will host Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach on Wednesday, according to the Baltimore Sun. Leach was released Tuesday by the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens after the sides could not agree on a restructured contract.
Miami entered free agency with plenty of room under the salary cap and has signed big-name free agents such as receiver Mike Wallace, cornerback Brent Grimes, tight end Dustin Keller and linebackers Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe, a former teammate of Leach. The Dolphins have been extremely aggressive in an effort to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and close the gap with the New England Patriots in the AFC East.
Leach, a three-time Pro Bowler, would definitely be an upgrade over what Miami currently has a fullback. Jorvorskie Lane is still young -- 2013 will be his second NFL season -- and has battled weight issues in the past.
The Dolphins also claimed former Chicago Bears fullback Evan Rodriguez off waivers -- a clear sign Miami is looking to improve the position.