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Source: Browns talked to agent of ex-Ravens fullback Vonta Leach, but not interested in signing him

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 13, 2013

Updated at 11:30 a.m. June 13

The Browns spoke to the agent of free-agent fullback Vonta Leach, but they are not interested in signing him, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal this morning.

Leach's agent, Ralph Vitolo, told the Beacon Journal in an email that he talked to Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi on Wednesday, but the two sides did not make plans for Leach to visit Cleveland. If the Browns wanted to sign Leach, he would have a visit set up by now.

On Wednesday, Vitolo told Fox 26, a TV station in Houston, that seven teams expressed interest in Leach.

The Baltimore Ravens cut Leach on Tuesday after they were unable to work out a trade following failed attempts to restructure his contract. Leach was scheduled to make a base salary of $3 million during the 2013 season and carried a $4.33 million salary-cap figure, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Leach, 31, was named to Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams for his work in each of the past three seasons. He is known as one of the best lead-blocking fullbacks in the NFL.

The 6-foot, 260-pound Leach visited the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, according to reports. Vitolo told Fox 26 the Houston Texans, New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs are also among the teams that have expressed interest in his client.

Leach spent two-plus seasons with the Green Bay Packers and four-plus seasons with the Texans before signing a three-year, $11 million deal with the Ravens in 2011. In nine NFL seasons, Leach has compiled 24 carries for 70 yards (2.9 average) and three touchdowns to go along with 112 catches for 749 yards and four touchdowns.

Owen Marecic is the only pure fullback on the Browns’ roster, and the previous coaching staff benched him last season after he dropped all four passes thrown his way.

But the Browns have established a trend of signing players in their mid-to-late 20s, and Leach will turn 32 on Nov. 6. That's certainly one reason for their lack of interest in signing him.


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