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Leach: I wasn't appreciated in Houston

Posted on: October 16, 2011 9:58 am
V. Leach is happy in Baltimore (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When Vonta Leach signed his three-year, $11 million deal with the Ravens, leaving Houston behind for good, Ray Rice happily texted him, "Let the fun begin."

For the most part, the two have had fun, with Leach opening holes for Rice and helping the Ravens to a 3-1 record and the top spot in the AFC North.

But when asked about his departure from the Texans, where he had played the past five years of his career, it turns out Leach wasn’t so pleased with the way he felt he was treated. In effect, he felt he was taken for granted.

"It worked out for them and it's worked out for me. It's a win-win situation,” Leach said, via the Houston Chronicle, referring to the Texans use of James Casey in his old spot. “I had five good years in Houston, and I did leave on a bad note. When I was there, I laid it all on the line for Houston, whether I was hurt or not. During my time there, they paid a lot of players I felt didn't necessarily deserve to get paid. What disappointed me was when it was time for me, maybe my last contract, to get a good deal ... I didn't have to be the highest-paid fullback.

"I just wanted to feel appreciated. I didn't. I was not appreciated."

Leach said the problem began last year when he made his first Pro Bowl -- one of his long-term career goals -- and Leach said the Texans knew his price tag was going to rise. That could be why Houston declined to re-sign him and instead is now using Casey,  who’s making $480,000 compared to Leach’s $6 million guarantee from Baltimore.

Leach said he just wanted a fair deal. He didn’t get it.

"The deal that was offered to me was disrespectful to me and my family," he said. "It was a lesser deal than I just got finished playing for them for. … All I wanted was to be wanted," he said. "I wanted to stay with the Texans. When I heard the offer, I picked up the phone and called (Texans general manager) Rick Smith myself. I said, 'Rick, what's going on?' He said, 'Vonta, we had to give away all of our money. We don't have any more.' I said thanks, and that was it."

Now, Leach is having fun with Rice and his new team. And he’s getting paid what he feels he deserves.

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Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:28 pm

Leach: I wasn't appreciated in Houston

Looking back now, I believe everyone is happier. There's only so much money you can alott certain positions with the damn salary caps.

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 6:52 am

Leach: I wasn't appreciated in Houston

r98- Good point on Houston's cap issues. They needed D players desperately.

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:59 pm

Leach: I wasn't appreciated in Houston

Dejavu, very good post.  I have no doubt if Houston had more cap room they would have worked on a better-paying deal to keep Leach in Houston blocking for Arian Foster.  Sometimes, good veteran players have to be let go to get under the cap and it works out great for another team if they have the room to give them a good deal.  Leach is a great blocking fullback and his contributions since the first game when he did a good job of picking up Steeler blitzes have been a real plus for Baltimore.  ArtMonk, you say he's not that good...he was a Pro Bowler and All-Pro and led the way for the league's top rusher last season- explain to us why he isn't "that good."  Vonta can rest assured that he is highly appreciated in Baltimore!

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:05 pm

Leach: I wasn't appreciated in Houston

Vonta is not a good fullback, he's a great fullback.  The bottom line is that the Texans didnt have a ton of cap room and had to spend their money on a position of need (CB Joseph and FS Manning).  Vonta was appreciated here but this is a business and you don't throw money around just to keep a guy.  James Casey while not being a great fullback is a good fullback and does more things than Vonta.  He is a pass catching FB which team have to adjust for.  They cannot cover him (though they try) with a LB, yet Vonta can be covered by a LB.  I hated to lose Vonta as the FB but I think the Texans made a no brainer of a move here. 

Since: Apr 20, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:40 am

Leach: I wasn't appreciated in Houston

"They didn't pay you because you're not that good.  Simple."

Right, because he's only the best fullback in the NFL, a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro selection. But you're right, he's not that good. Stick to talking about things you know, whatever that may be, because you know nothing about football.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: October 16, 2011 12:54 pm

Leach: I wasn't appreciated in Houston

They didn't pay you because you're not that good.  Simple.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:00 am

Leach: I wasn't appreciated in Houston

When I saw this headline, I was wondering how Lubbock had suddenly become Houston...

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