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Ravens fullback Vonta Leach limited to two snaps during loss to Browns

What was the point in bringing Vonta Leach back if his role was going to be drastically reduced?

Vonta Leach played just two offensive snaps in Baltimore's 24-18 loss to Cleveland on Sunday.
Vonta Leach played just two offensive snaps in Baltimore's 24-18 loss to Cleveland on Sunday.
Rob Carr

Two offensive snaps.

That's all that Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach played in Baltimore's 24-18 loss to Cleveland.

One of those snaps saw Leach help push Joe Flacco for a first down on a fourth-and-1. The other? I couldn't even tell you, to be honest.

But in the official gamebook, Leach is listed as playing just two offensive snaps against a divisional rival in a must-win game.

That's ridiculous considering the Ravens are paying him $840,000 in base salary with the veteran getting $1.16 million in the form of a signing bonus when he was brought back during training camp. Without prorating the bonus — because if we're honest with ourselves, there's a high likelihood Leach isn't back next season at this pace of plays per game — that means Leach will earn $2 million in total earnings at the conclusion of this year.

If you divide that by 17 weeks, that's $117,647.06 per game check. Divide that by two and Leach just made $58,823.53 each play he stepped on the field Sunday. Tons of Americans don't make $58,823.53 in a full year of work, let alone in one play after a week of practice.

OK, so he saw five special teams snaps bringing his total game total to seven for those that want to be technical, bringing his per snap earnings to $16,806.72. Plenty of regular folks out there would still trade their day jobs for that.

Though a contributor on special teams, that's not what Leach is, or should be, on the roster for. What's the point in paying someone $2 million in a calendar year if he's going to stand on the sideline for all but two offensive plays?

OK, so the running game is a disaster with the shape the offensive line is in. And sure, Leach is an old-fashioned lead-blocker for running backs to follow and holes aren't opening up.

If that's the case, and the Ravens knew they were going to change every lineman's technique during the offseason, why re-sign Leach? This has turned out to be one of the worst decisions of the offseason because the Ravens are not getting any value out of this veteran re-signing.

Baltimore had a choice in the spring — get rid of Leach or Anquan Boldin. They gambled and dealt Boldin after he wouldn't take a pay cut. The $2 million savings the Ravens asked Boldin to say goodbye to would have been met with releasing Leach.

None of this is Leach's fault either. There isn't much of a market for the bruising fullback anymore based on how the game's changed and the Ravens brought him back with the notion he'd fill the same role he had last year. The only problem is that the offense feature more one-back sets with a line that doesn't have a clue what to do on Sundays.

Leach will remain on the roster the rest of this year. He'll likely continue to stand on the sideline, watching his teammates duke it out in what's become a frustrating and maddening season for all involved. And when the offseason arrives, he'll probably be on his way and searching for a new team.

It had to be frustrating for Leach to watch his team self-destruct once again on Sunday. It will be even worse watching film and counting how re-living how he was utilized.

Two offensive snaps.