Giants could still pursue FB Vonta Leach with a better offer

6/24/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe New York Giants gave free agent Vonta Leach a look soon after his release by the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, and now they are circling back to that option with fullback Henry Hynoski return from a knee injury in time for the 2013 season still uncertain.
Hynoski suffered the knee injury during the Giants’ spring practices in May and underwent surgery shortly afterwards. The third-year pro is already expected to miss most of training camp, which he will likely spend on the Giants Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. While commenting on the injury back in May, Hynoski said the Giants had informed him that being ready in time for the Sept. 8 opener “is not an unrealistic goal despite suffering an injury to his left MCL and a chip fracture to the later plateau as part of the knee injury. Now, the Giants lingering interest in Leach indicates they're not all that optimistic about Hynoski’s recovery in time for the start of this season.
The Giants moved tight end Bear Pascoe to replace Hynoski at fullback during minicamp. But that seems to be more of a temporarily solution with the teams’ preference for the services of a full-time fullback to fill that position. The 6-foot-, 260-pound Leach could be an ideal fit and a huge upgrade for the Giants at fullback, but Leach’s salary demands could be a deal-breaker for the cap-strapped Giants, who have just $3.3 million of room under the current salary cap.
The Daily News reported that the Giants are currently Leach a standard one-year, minimum-salary contract, similar to the deals the team has given to most of their free agents this offseason. But the newspaper also quoted a source as saying that Leach does not intend to sign with a team on that sort of a deal. The Ravens already parted ways with the three-time Pro Bowler (2010, 2011, 2012) just two weeks ago since both sides could not agree on a restructured contract for him.
However, the Giants are again a step ahead as a source claimed the team is even considering upping their offer in order to push the Dolphins out of competition for the veteran fullback.  The Dolphins were reportedly expected to reach a deal with Leach by the end of last week but the player came back from Miami without a contract. The Houston Texans have also been mentioned in the mix for Leach although there cannot be any serious interest with the team projected to have an even lesser cap room than the Giants ($2.8 million).
To lure Vonta Leach, the Giants could get creative with their cap space and offer a multi-year deal to 10-year pro. There were initially eight teams in the mix for Leach, but the 31-year-old has claimed he has no immediate plans to further free agent visits with teams.
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