The Vonta Leach to the New York Giants speculation can officially stop. The three-time All-Pro fullback will be returning to the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens the team announced on Monday.
The Ravens released Leach in a salary cap move during June, and with Henry Hynoski shelved at least for the pre-season and possibly into the regular season by a knee injury, various reports indicated that the Giants had offered Leach, 31, a one-year deal somewhere around the veteran minimum.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that "we’ve been hopeful that this would happen all along."
No medical information has been released by the Giants about the condition of Hynoski's knee, other than some vague reports and optimistic projections that the third-year fullback would be ready to start the season.
The Giants are using Bear Pascoe, normally a tight end, at fullback. They also signed Ryan D'Imperio, a 2010 seventh-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings who played in 12 2011 games for Minnesota before being released. D'Imperio did not play in 2012 after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The fact that the Giants would not budge off a minimum offer likely indicates that they believe Hynoski will return early in the season.