Unable to reach a compromise after negotiations to try to restructure the contract of veteran fullback Vonta Leach, sources say the Ravens are expected to release or trade the Pro Bowl lead blocker as soon as Tuesday, Aaron Wilson and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun report.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty aggressively attempted to work it out with Leach, but were ultimately unsuccessful, a league source said.
Roughly an hour after The Baltimore Sun reported that he would be leaving the organization, Leach acknowledged the news via his official Twitter account.
“Thank Ravens organization for a great two years,” Leach wrote. “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 forever be linked.”
Leach was due a $3 million base salary and carries a $4.33 million salary-cap figure. So, the Ravens will save a total of $3 million against the salary cap while still carrying $1.33 million in dead money from the prorated portion of Leach’s three-year, $11 million contract that included a $4 million signing bonus.