By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
7:16 PM EDT, July 18, 2013
Cut by the Ravens in June as a salary-cap casualty, fullback Vonta Leach has yet to receive a contract offer from the Miami Dolphins heading into training camp.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection remains in talks with Miami, agent Ralph Vitolo said Thursday night. Vitolo said he's still holding dialogue with other teams, and Leach hasn't ruled out the possibly of returning to Baltimore.
The Houston Texans, New York Giants and the Kansas City Chiefs have all been linked to Leach, but the Dolphins are the only team he's visited.
Leach said earlier this summer that he has stayed in contact with Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. Of course, a potential reunion would require the Ravens and Leach to find common ground on financial parameters.
"Of course, Vonta likes the Ravens," Vitolo said. "Why wouldn't he? Maybe he ends up back there. Who knows? Until it happens, there's no sense in pure speculation."
The Ravens were unsuccessful in attempts to reach a compromise to lower Leach's $4.33 million salary-cap figure, and they cut him after trying to trade him. They saved $3 million against the salary cap by terminating the final year of Leach's three-year, $11 million contract.
The Ravens have plugged in fourth-round draft pick Kyle Juszczyk, a versatile pass-catching fullback from Harvard, as Leach's replacement.
When the Ravens cut Leach, Newsome left the door open for the 6-foot, 260-pounder to possibly rejoin the Super Bowl champions.
"He added to our toughness and will to win, plus he provided leadership," Newsome said in a statement in June. "He’s a good football player. There could be an opportunity for him to return to the Ravens once he explores the free agent market, and we could revisit this before or during training camp.”