NFL Rumors: Must Miami Dolphins Sign Vonta Leach To Ensure Successful Running Game?

The Miami Dolphins made a big splash this past NFL offseason with the additions of Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe, Brent Grimes, Tyson Clabo and Dustin Keller. They also traded up in the 2013 NFL Draft in order to select Dion Jordan. Along with changing up their logo and installing a new winning attitude, the Dolphins are expecting big things in 2013, as they look to get back to the top of the AFC East. By letting Reggie Bush go to the Detroit Lions via free agency, Miami is relying on Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas as well as rookie draft pick Mike Gillislee to carry them to a successful running game. But, to ensure that happens in 2013, do the Dolphins need to sign fullback Vonta Leach in order to give them a more complete offense?

Now, I am not saying that Leach can guarantee that the Dolphins will win more games. He is still just one player. Miami needs improvement out of second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who also needs big things from Wallace and also newly signed Brandon Gibson, as well as richly rewarded Brian Hartline. Keller can play a key role – if he remains healthy – and Miami should certainly be improved on offense, even with the departure of Bush. Miller is expected to carry the load, as the Dolphins are still not exactly sure what they have in Thomas. Gillislee is also expected to see some time in the backfield as a rookie in 2013.

Yet while adding Leach would not guarantee more wins, he would guarantee that the Dolphins would have a blocking back who has been instrumental in the development and success of other running backs, including Arian Foster and the Houston Texans as well as Ray Rice and the Baltimore Ravens. In fact, Leach has played a major role in many successful ground games throughout his career. He has only played on a handful of teams who failed to produce a single 1,000 yard running back in a season. Leach remains a free agent, simply waiting to see which team will present the best offer. The Dolphins remain the favorites to sign Leach, at least according to the fullback’s agent, although no formal offer has been presented. But if Miami wants to feel more comfortable rolling with an inexperienced backfield in 2013, signing Leach may make for a much easier feeling in South Beach.


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Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.