Wake-up caw: Leach wants to talk future

December, 31, 2013
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Vonta Leach went from being a Pro Bowl fullback in 2012 to a little-used blocker in 2013. He went from being re-signed by the Baltimore Ravens on July 29 to being an afterthought for most of the season.

He averaged 13.1 snaps per game this season and played four snaps in the season-ending loss at Cincinnati, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Leach is planning to talk about his future with team officials.

"I'm going to sit down with them over the next couple of days," Leach said as players cleaned out their lockers Monday. "Obviously I wasn't in the offense a whole lot this year. A lot of factors factored into that. I think I can still play in this game. I still got a lot of good tread on my tires.”

The numbers may give an indication of what the Ravens will do. Leach is scheduled to make $1.75 million in 2014, and the Ravens would free up $1.75 million in salary-cap space by releasing him.

Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...
  • Daryl Smith, the team's leading tackler, is a free agent. His future with the Ravens is in limbo right now. “I love it here and would love to be back,” Smith said, via Comcast SportsNet. “We’ll see how it goes, though. “I think they want me back, but we’ll see."
  • Kelechi Osemele, the team's starting left guard before undergoing back surgery in November, expects to have no limitations on his training in another month. "I've been working out for a couple of weeks," Osemele said, via The Baltimore Sun. "I'm feeling pretty good about it as far as the strength in my legs is returning. The symptoms going down my leg is gone. The surgery was a success."
  • It was an obvious subdued final postgame speech of the season by coach John Harbaugh in Cincinnati. Linebacker Terrell Suggs broke the last team huddle with the word "family." Here's the video, courtesy of the team's official website.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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