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Vonta Leach: My Time In Baltimore Is Up


Vonta Leach's time is up with the Ravens, the fullback tweeted Monday evening.

Leach and the Ravens were reportedly trying to negotiate a reduced salary, but were unable to find a compromise, according to The Baltimore Sun.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome and Vice President of Football Administration Pat Moriarty "aggressively attempted to work it out with Leach," the report states.

Leach reportedly had one of the highest salary-cap figures on the Ravens roster with $4.33 million due in 2013.

"Thank @Ravens organization for a great two years," Leach tweeted. "I came here and did what we set out to do and that's win the Super Bowl. My time here is up but what we accomplished, we will be forever linked. Thank the fans for accepting me and my family to Bmore. #newchapter#samegoal."

The 31-year-old blocker went to two Pro Bowls during his time in Baltimore, and paved the way for running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce last season.

The bulldozer saw a reduced offensive role last year, however, as Baltimore shifted to more of a wide-open offense reliant on quarterback Joe Flacco. Leach had 579 offensive snaps last year compared to 665 the year prior, according to Pro Football Focus.

The role of fullbacks have changed around the NFL, and many teams don't even carry a fullback on the roster. The Ravens had two after drafting Kyle Juszczyk out of Harvard in the fourth round, and Juszczyk is more versatile than Leach.

Juszczyk is more of a pass-catching fullback, and the starting job will now shift to him as he's the only fullback on the team. The rookie led Harvard last season in receptions (52 for 706 yards) and would likely play a variety of roles in Baltimore, including lining up at fullback, H-back and perhaps tight end.

Leach brought leadership and toughness to the Ravens, and was among the fan favorites for his punishing style. The All-Pro had hoped to stay in Baltimore this season, but knew there was a chance he could be leaving.

"We're both still here, so we'll see how it goes," Leach said of him and Juszczyk last week at Organized Team Activities (OTAs). "Hopefully, it can work out for both of us. If it doesn't, I feel like I still can play in this league and I'll have a job somewhere."

The Ravens have now reportedly tried to work out restructured contracts with two veteran offensive players this season, Leach and wide receiver Anquan Boldin, but neither proposal was accepted.

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