The Ravens continue contract negotiations with Vonta Leach and they remain the front runner to sign the two-time Pro Bowl fullback. It was initially believed that Leach would make a decision by Friday. However, talks will now continue into the weekend.
“As far as I know, nothing has changed,” Harbaugh said. “We’re patient about it right now. We haven’t forced the issue. We’re looking at some of our guys and we’re seeing where we’re at with our roster right now. I believe Ozzie and Vonta are still talking.”
The Ravens, who drafted Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk in the fourth round of April’s draft, terminated the contract of Leach in June after they failed to agree to a restructuring of his $3 million base salary for 2013. . Leach hit the free agent market but has received only tepid interest and made one visit to the Miami Dolphins who did not offer him a contract.
The New York Giants reportedly made Leach a contract offer for the veteran minimum though they seemingly moved on Friday by signing Ryan D’Imperio.
Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele (right hamstring) missed Friday’s practice, but should return in a day or two, according to Harbaugh. … Right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder surgery) and safety Anthony Levine (undisclosed) passed their physicals and were taken off the physically-unable-to-perform list. Levine participated in Friday’s practice. … Harbaugh said that Albert McClellan is competing for a roster spot at inside linebacker, not on the outside where he has played some in the past. … Ravens’ single-game, regular-season tickets went on sale Friday and sold out in less than 15 minutes. … Boston Marathon victim Erika Brannock, a 29-year-old preschool teacher from Towson who lost her left leg below the knee and needed multiple surgeries to save her right leg, was a guest of the Ravens at practice. Several Ravens, including running back Ray Rice and wide receiver Torrey Smith, spent time with her after practice, and Harbaugh called Brannock a “courageous, courageous person.” Clutching a Ravens’ football autographed by several players that she said she would cherish, Brannock added, “All of this has been so strange. I was just this preschool teacher from Towson and now they’re all excited to see me.”