HOUSTON – Fullback Vonta Leach’s time as a Houston Texan might be coming to an end.
At least, that’s what the Pro Bowler thinks.
In an interview with KHOU 11 Sports reporter Daniel Gotera, says he wants to return next season, but believes the team wants to move in a different direction.
"Even before the lockout happened, we hadn’t heard anything from the Texans and they hadn’t contacted me or my agent," said Leach. "A story came out yesterday saying they weren’t resigning me and so I am up in limbo."
The story Leach is referring to was posted on the website ProFootballWeekly.com which said the Texans were not likely to sign the 7-year vet.
In response to that report, Leach posted on his Twitter account late Thursday night several messages hinting that he would not be returning to the team for the upcoming 2011 season.
Leach posted "First I want to address my contract situation. I would love to stay with the Texans, but front office wants to go in a different (direction)"
He went on to say "I played in the league long enough to know when writing is on the wall. If I played my last game as a Texan I enjoyed my 5 years."
He reiterated those sentiments with Daniel.
"I still have friends on the team, still have coaches that are my friends and that are going to be friends for life," said Leach. "When I went out there and played, I gave it my all so there are no hard feelings."
But Leach didn’t hide his feeling about wanting to come back, but said the price has to be right, especially because several other fullbacks around the league have gotten big contracts as well.
"I want to come back, there is no doubt, I want to come back," said Leach. "At the same time, I want to get the market value that is out there."
Leach was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers back in 2004. After the Packers and the Saints each released him in 2006, the Texans picked him up signed him to a contract in 2007.
In 2010, Leach caught 8 passes for 91 yards, but made a name for himself in the running game as he led the way for the NFL’s leading rusher Arian Foster.
For their efforts, both Foster and Leach were named to the Pro Bowl and he feels Houston will get a winner some time soon.
"The city does deserve a winner man because they have been through some rough times," said Leach. "I think with or without me, the Texans will get the job done sooner or later."
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