Ravens Agree With Leach

The top free-agent fullback has agreed to a 3-year deal with the Ravens.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, July 31st, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach, according to the former Houston Texan’s Twitter account.

Will be a #Raven this year,” Leach tweeted Sunday afternoon.

The Ravens have confirmed the deal, per General Manager Ozzie Newsome.

“He’s a Raven-type player, very physical dedicated to the game. Our running game just got better,” Newsome said in a statement.

With Leach leading the way last year, Texans running back Arian Foster led the NFL with 1,616 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.

Vonta LeachLeach also made the Associated Press’ All-Pro squad in 2010.

“I wanted to finish my career with the Texans, and I have mixed emotions about leaving, but I’m excited to get to Baltimore,” Leach told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

I understand this is business, and if they don’t have enough money to keep me, I understand that.  But I have to do what’s best for my family. I thought my career would end in Houston. I’ve come from the bottom to the top, and I want to thank everybody who helped me get to where I am today.”

Several media reports placed Leach with the New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys, but the Ravens won the battle, apparently.

Leach was tabbed as the best pure-blocking fullback on the open market, a position the Ravens wanted to solidify with Le’Ron McClain seeking greener pastures as more of a ball-carrier.

Members of the Ravens’ front office have stated their desire to get the running game back on track moving forward.

The Ravens have heavily utilized a blocking fullback in the past, most notably when Lorenzo Neal was on the team in 2008 and Baltimore averaged 148.5 rushing yards per game (fourth in the NFL).

“We looked at him since early this offeason, and he was definitely on our ‘wish list,’” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said of Leach.  “Vonta fits the style of offense we are building and his type of physical play is an addition that fits. We’re looking forward to getting him in here and start mixing in him right away.

“This is another addition where the coaches can send a big thank you to the personnel department.”

Leach will join a position group that is currently headed by veteran Jason McKie.

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