The sharps in Las Vegas consider the New York Giants the favorites to win the NFC East this season.
Depending on what rumors you believe, it looks like the Giants could be adding another valuable weapon to their offensive attack.
With fullback Henry Hynoski in the early stages of rehab following knee surgery, the Giants are reportedly very much interested in former Ravens fullback Vonta Leach.
Hynoski injured his knee on May 22, and the Giants brass fears he may not be able to return for the beginning of the season. Leach, a three-time Pro Bowl fullback, found himself a surprise release from the Ravens roster this offseason and could be a great fit for New York.
A report in the New York Daily News suggests the Giants may offer a creative contract to Leach since they do not have much cap room for 2013, but could offer more money later on.
The Miami Dolphins appear to be the frontrunners to sign Leach, although the two sides were not able to each a deal when Leach visited the team.
The Giants wanted Leach to sign a one-year veteran minimum contract, but no deal was reached. With the possible loss of Hynoski and no other experienced fullbacks on the roster, New York may be forced to increase their offer to the former Raven.
Statistically Leach may not be a game-changer – last season he rushed nine times for 32 yards to go with 21 recpetions out of the backfield – but he is a ferocious lead blocker.
Leach, a 6'0", 260 pound 10-year veteran out of East Carolina that stands, would give the Giants offense another weapon. With quarterback Eli Manning, receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, the Giants have plenty of firepower. Leach would likely help the running game.
This is not the first time the Giants have made a run at signing Leach. In 2007, the team signed the fullback to a restricted free agent offer sheet, though the Houston Texans matched that offer.
Other possible suitors could emerge for Leach, though considering their interest in 2007 and the recent interest, Leach landing in the NFC East seems a distinct possibility.