According to the Twitter account of former Texans fullback Vonta Leach, the pro bowler is joining the Baltimore Ravens in 2011.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports the deal as 3 years, $11 million.
Leach made the Pro Bowl last year as the lead blocker for Arian Foster, who racked up over 1600 yards on the ground, and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. After the Ravens’ struggles last year in the power running game, this move, along with the resigning of Marshal Yanda, loudly backs up John Harbaugh’s assertion that improving the running game was a priority this season.
Ray Rice will see a lot more daylight this year running behind Leach. Not only does this move immensely help the Baltimore Ravens, but Rice’s fantasy football value also gets a nice bump.
With rumors swirling this morning that Todd Heap is being wooed by the New York Jets, Ravens fans have been in an uproar. The signing of Leach should help ease those tensions, along with the overblown prevailing sentiment this week that Ozzie has somehow “lost his touch.”
Still, should it be announced that Heap is becoming a New York Jet, I’m sure many Ravens fans will fall right back into overreact mode.
The team got better today. Regardless of where Todd Heap ends up.