Free agent fullback Vonta Leach has been linked to the Miami Dolphins for quite some time, but they have never sent the star lead blocker a formal contract offer. That’s a good thing for the Dolphins, because it means GM Jeff Ireland is cautious about throwing too much money at a fullback. Signing Leach makes a lot of sense for the Dolphins, since he would be a big upgrade and a key piece in helping Lamar Miller achieve the breakout year we all have tabbed for him. But Ireland has spent an awful lot of money in free agency, especially on three players in Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace, and Dannell Ellerbe. It’s no secret that Ireland has set, stingy prices on certain players, while he is willing to pay just about whatever it takes to land a free agent that he views as a priority.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins will not sign Vonta Leach prior to training camp and will instead take a close look at their options at fullback on the roster. Charles Clay seems like the Dolphins only legitimate choice at fullback, but Leach would still be a massive upgrade over Clay, especially as a lead-blocker.
If Clay and the others flop in training camp, then the Dolphins will likely go back to Leach to see his new asking price if he’s still available. There is still the chance of Leach going back to the Baltimore Ravens, though, and it will be interesting to see if the Ravens like his asking price more (I doubt it, because they seem more willing to play without Leach). I expect Leach to eventually sign with the Dolphins, because I think he’ll have to lower his asking price wherever he plays. To me, it seems like the Dolphins have the biggest need and are thus the team in the best position to pay him the most.