Friday, February 28, 2014
Will Dolphins have interest in Vonta Leach?
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins lack a true fullback on their roster. Would Miami have any interest in former three-time Pro Bowler Vonta Leach?
There are reasons to believe the Dolphins could kick the tires on Leach for a second straight year. The Baltimore Ravens cut Leach Thursday in an effort to save salary.
Leach was in a similar situation last year when the Ravens cut him to save cap room. Leach was immediately invited to Miami to visit during the team’s minicamp. He watched practice and talked to former general manager Jeff Ireland, but Leach never signed with the Dolphins. Instead, he returned to Baltimore.
The Dolphins moved on without a fullback in 2013 in their West Coast offense. Miami tried to convert tight end Michael Egnew to fullback and had mixed results. The Dolphins were 26th in rushing and struggled to consistently gain yards on the ground. Miami also set a new franchise record with 58 quarterback sacks allowed.
Miami most likely learned its lesson that a true fullback is needed. However, Leach might be the most expensive option. The Dolphins certainly have the cap room to spend, but they might want to also explore cheaper fullback options in free agency and the draft.