The Facts: Unable to reach a compromise after negotiations to try to restructure the contract of Leach, sources say the Ravens are expected to release or trade the Pro Bowl lead blocker as soon as Tuesday.
Diehards Line: 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 told Sun staffer Aaron Wilson. ... Leach is due a $3 million base salary and carries a $4.33 million salary-cap figure. So, the Ravens will save $3 million against the salary cap while still carrying $1.33 million in dead money from the proration of Leach's three-year, $11 million contract that included a $4 million signing bonus. As the top fullback in the NFL, Leach is expected to be in heavy demand as a free agent with multiple teams expected to pursue him. The Ravens won't have to search for his replacement after drafting Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk in the fourth round in April. At 6-foot-1, 248 pounds, Juszczyk still has to establish himself as a blocking presence in the NFL.