Miami Dolphins Should Be Wary of Signing Vonta Leach

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COMMENTARY | After 10 years in the National Football League, it's obvious what Vonta Leach will bring to the Miami Dolphins.

The veteran fullback is a shot of caffeine into any team's running game. He takes on menacing linebackers for a living. As an added bonus, he can shield his quarterback in pass protection, and even catch the occasional dump-off pass.

Leach has performed those roles admirably in Houston and Baltimore, paving the way for Arian Foster and Ray Rice towards breakout seasons.

Talks have been heating up for Leach's services the past week. The Giants have shown serious interest in Leach, but his agent sees the Dolphins as a "perfect" fit for the well-known fullback.

His agent may be referring to the Dolphins' willingness to pay free agents generously. This team has been throwing money around this offseason like they're "Money" Mayweather in a casino.

The Ravens wanted Leach to alter his contract towards a more incentive-based deal around $2 million dollars, but he refused. He will be looking for the $3 million that he was slated to earn in Baltimore.

Do the Dolphins truly want to spend on a player where they will not get their money's worth?

The investment in Leach seems too high for Miami's pass-heavy scheme.

All indications lean toward Miami using a spread attack, full of four and five-wide sets to set up the run. Instead of the backfield-heavy formations Leach was featured in Baltimore and Houston, the fullback position will be used sparingly.

Plus, Lamar Miller's blocking prowess has been the recent praise coming out of the Dolphins' camp. If Miami's presumed No. 1 back can improve in pass protection, Leach's abilities will be under utilized.

When a fullback does get on the field, the Dolphins have been developing young players to play Leach's projected role. Jorvorskie Lane proved to be a bright spot amongst a weak skill position group last season. Charles Clay also saw his role increase as the season progressed.

While those two young backs are far from finished products, bringing in Leach would halt their development. For a team with so many new faces, the backfield still holds some continuity. Keeping this group together to continue working with Ryan Tannehill will help alleviate any other offensive growing pains early on.

While Leach's agent thinks Miami is a perfect destination, the Dolphins' organization needs to recognize that this time, the price is wrong.

Mike Shiekman is a graduate of the University of Florida and a former Miami Dolphins columnist at Bleacher Report. His work has appeared in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Los Angeles Times, and Sign on San Diego.

You can follow Mike on Twitter @TheRealShiek

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