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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
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.
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By Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
Some of our representatives in Congress have started to weigh in on the NFL's decision to suspend running back Ray Rice for only two games, as if they don't have enough to do already. There is fighting the Middle East, a confrontation in Ukraine, immigrants illegally crossing our borders by the thousands and veterans not getting their benefits, and our legislators are coming down heavy on the NFL and the Ravens about the Rice suspension. If anything, they should work to improve our justice system, which did absolutely nothing to Rice.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Two key members of a Ravens running game that has averaged 200 rushing yards per game over the past three weeks returned to practice Thursday. Running back Bernard Pierce (knee) and Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach (knee and ankle) were on the field during the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media. The only player not spotted was offensive lineman Jah Reid, who missed Sunday's game with a toe injury. Pierce, the team's leading rusher during the past three weeks, has rushed for 315 yards since Week 16, including 103 yards on 13 carries in Sunday's 24-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Kyle Juszczyk trudged off the Ravens' practice field as a rookie fullback a year ago, thoroughly frustrated after a training camp blocking drill in which he was stonewalled repeatedly by linebackers and safeties. In the middle of Juszczyk's unconvincing audition as an inexperienced lead blocker, veteran rush linebacker Terrell Suggs shouted that Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome needed to bring back Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach. Three days later, Leach was signed to return as the Ravens' starting fullback.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
The Ravens released fullback Vonta Leach and I understand the logic. The Ravens have been under the salary cap gun since winning the Super Bowl in February, and they will save approximately $3 million by cutting Leach. My only problem with letting Leach go is that the Ravens lack tough guys. In the NFL, you can't win titles without tough guys, players who are physical and can give a team instant emotion. The Ravens have had those types of players since 2000, going back to Michael McCrary, Rob Burnett, Tony Siragusa, Jonathan Ogden, Jamal Lewis and Ray Lewis.
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By Matt Vensel | March 1, 2013
With the start of NFL free agency 11 days away and all of the team's unrestricted free agents remaining unsigned, the Ravens could soon make tough roster cuts to create more cap space. This is not an easy thing for the front office to do in any year, but especially so after lifting the Lombardi Trophy just a few weeks ago. One of those salary cap casualties could be All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach, who is regarded by pundits and his peers as the NFL's best at his position. For two seasons, Leach has dented facemasks while plowing open running lanes for fellow Pro Bowl back Ray Rice, but violent blockers like Leach are being phased out of the NFL. It has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with teams eschewing power runs for quick passes.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | December 21, 2012
Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed hope earlier in the week that his team is getting healthier and that appears to be the case heading into Sunday's game against the New York Giants. Only three Ravens - running back  Bernard Pierce (concussion), wide receiver Tandon Doss (ankle) and safety Bernard Pollard (chest/ribs) - were not present at this morning's practice at the Under Armour Performance Facility. Pierce, Doss and Pollard haven't practiced all week, making it unlikely that they'll play Sunday.
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Mike Preston | July 28, 2013
The Ravens were just finishing the short-yardage period at practice and rookie fullback Kyle Juszczyk had been getting stuffed like a turkey in preparation for Thanksgiving. He got rocked by safety James Ihedigbo and then by linebackers Arthur Brown and Bryan Hall. It was such a dismal showing by the Ravens running game that Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs asked a question, but at the same time made a statement. "Where is Vonta Leach when you need him?" asked Suggs, clearly sending a message to the media as well as the Ravens front office.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2012
Tickets to Ravens games are pricey and hard to come by. But here's a tip on how to see Ravens play Monday night: Catch them playing a different game! Vonta Leach, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco and Michael Oher are just a few Ravens who will be playing in a billiards tournament Monday at Arundel Mills. Tickets to watch are $25. And there's a chance -- a chance -- that you might have a better pool game than a few of them. It's hard to finesse a stick in those big, meaty, tackling paws. Leach's foundation is hosting its first Shoot for a Cure Celebrity Billiards Tournament.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
After missing the first two weeks of organized team activities, fullback Vonta Leach and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata are out on the field today, participating in the final session before next week's mandatory minicamp. However, there is no sign of guard Marshal Yanda , linebacker Terrell Suggs or defensive end Chris Canty . None of the three have been participants during the OTA sessions open to reporters the past three weeks. Suggs and Yanda did both attend the Ravens' White House visit yesterday.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
For a decade in the NFL, fullback Vonta Leach built a reputation as of the most intimidating lead blockers in the game by delivering punishing hits that rattled linebackers' heads. Leach displayed uncommon pop as a blocker and was able to regularly jolt defenders out of the way with his superior strength and leverage. Now, the former Ravens and Houston Texans All-Pro fullback is a free agent hoping to play another year or two in the NFL after being cut by the Ravens in February.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Former Ravens fullback Vonta Leach held a casino night fundraiser and his foundation's ninth annual football and cheer camp in his hometown of Lumberton, N.C. over the weekend. Leach, the three-time Pro Bowl selection who was let go by the Ravens earlier this offseason and hasn't attracted much buzz on the free agent market, told a reporter from the Robesonian (N.C.) newspaper that he still is hoping to play in the 2014 season.  “It's never easy going through free agency,” Leach told the newspaper.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
ORLANDO -- Ravens coach John Harbaugh just spoke with reporters for about an hour on a variety of topics at the NFL owners meetings. Here are some of the highlights: Like owner Steve Bisciotti did a day earlier, Harbaugh again defended Ray Rice and said that, despite the running back's legal issues, Rice will be on the team in 2014. Harbaugh, however, acknowledged that the team's three arrests in a 22-day span were embarrassing and inexcusable. Harbaugh confirmed that Jeremy Zuttah , who was acquired Sunday for a 2015 fifth-round draft pick, is projected as the starting center.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
The tweets started rolling in, not long after the news came out that fullback Vonta Leach and weak-side linebacker Jameel McClain had been let go by the Ravens. “Leach n Jameel are 2 guys I can go to war with any day hate to see this but good luck in the future I know you guys will be A ok!,” wrote offensive tackle Michael Oher . “Best of luck to @JameelMcClain . He was one guy that really helped me stay positive in rough times during my IR rookie year this last year!
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Fullback Vonta Leach and weak-side linebacker Jameel McClain were two well-respected Ravens, admired by teammates for their effort on the field and their leadership in the locker room. However, their salaries far exceeded their roles, which diminished in past seasons, prompting the Ravens to terminate the contracts of both players on Thursday in moves that give the team more salary cap flexibility before free agency officially starts on March 11. “I understand it,” Leach said.
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By Matt Vensel | January 28, 2014
Shortly after the Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell to be their head coach earlier this month, Ravens fullback Vonta Leach reached out to Ravens coach John Harbaugh and encouraged him to interview Gary Kubiak, his former coach in Houston, for the team's vacant offensive coordinator position. So of course Leach was excited on Monday afternoon when the Ravens announced that they had hired Kubiak -- whom Leach recently called “ a great coach, great father, great man ” -- to be their offensive coordinator and that Kubiak was also brining along Rick Dennison to be the team's new quarterbacks coach.
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By Edward Lee | January 3, 2013
Contradicting an earlier post, the Ravens reported that defensive tackle Haloti Ngata did indeed participate in Thursday's practice. The four-time Pro Bowler, who has been bothered by an injured knee, was limited for the second straight day. Fullback Vonta Leach was the only player to sit out Thursday's session. The three-time Pro Bowl has been hampered by a sprained right ankle suffered in the first quarter of last Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Aside from Leach, the same players who participated on a limited basis Wednesday were limited again Thursday.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Fullback Vonta Leach and weak-side linebacker Jameel McClain were two well-respected Ravens, admired by teammates for their effort on the field and their leadership in the locker room. However, their salaries far exceeded their roles, which diminished in past seasons, prompting the Ravens to terminate the contracts of both players on Thursday in moves that give the team more salary cap flexibility before free agency officially starts on March 11. “I understand it,” Leach said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
The Ravens and six-year running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery have decided to part ways, just days after the team finished the 2013 season with the lowest rushing output in franchise history. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh made the announcement on Friday, saying in a statement that Montgomery “decided to pursue other coaching and life opportunities. “I want to thank him for everything he did for our organization,” Harbaugh said. “Wilbert has been a tremendous coach for the Ravens, and he has played an integral role in the success we've experienced over the past several seasons.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2014
Besides defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, another candidate to possibly have his contract restructured this offseason is cornerback Lardarius Webb. Webb had a strong season and rebounded from major knee surgery a year ago. He was one of the team's leading tacklers, with 74. But Webb is also scheduled to make $7.5 million next season with a cap figure of $10.5 million. The Ravens might want to lower both. ** Maybe running back Ray Rice didn't see much action in the first half Sunday because of the shouting match he had with fullback Vonta Leach shortly before the game started.
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