Kansas City Chiefs fans have been talking about the team acquiring FB Vonta Leach since he was released by the Baltimore Ravens a couple of weeks ago. After some initial reports that the Chiefs would be in the mix, things have been relatively quiet.
Bill Williamson, AFC West blogger for ESPN.com, called up Leach’s agent to get the skinny on where things stood with the Chiefs.
Leach’s agent, Ralph Vitolo, told a Houston television station that five teams are in on Leach. He said Miami, Houston and the New York Giants are the leaders, while the Chiefs and Ravens are also in the mix.
I spoke with Vitolo to gauge the talks with the Chiefs. He said there haven’t been any recent talks, but there has been mutual interest. Still, the Chiefs are tight against the salary cap and they must sign No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher. Leach would be a luxury signing, so I think the odds are against the Chiefs signing him.
Leach would be a solid pickup for the Chiefs but as Williamson states, he would be a bit of a luxury signing. My guess is that the Chiefs have a set amount the are willing to spend and it probably isn’t enough to acquire Leach in a competitive market.
Chances are, the Chiefs will be able to get a comparable FB when the veteran market picks up as training camp cuts start going down. They may not get a player quite as talented as Leach but a serviceable option will probably be out there.