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Vonta Leach to visit Dolphins, according to reports

Vonta Leach, 32, could help jump start a middling Dolphins running game.

Rob Carr

Vonta Leach will visit the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, the Baltimore Sun reports. Leach was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday afternoon due to the team's salary cap crunch. The Ravens had tried to shop Leach in a trade, but couldn't find any takers.

The Dolphins would have no trouble taking on Leach if they choose to sign him. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Dolphins still have about $17 million in cap space. Leach was set to cost the Ravens $4.33 million in cap space next season, though he likely wouldn't cost the Dolphins nearly as much. He was an excellent lead blocker for the Ravens the last two seasons, and five seasons prior for the Houston Texans, but at 32 years old he may be well past his prime.

The Dolphins' running game averaged a middling 4.1 yards per carry last season, with Reggie Bush handling the majority of the touches out of the backfield. With Bush gone to the Detroit Lions, the Dolphins are expected to rely on second-year running back Lamar Miller as the primary ball carrier, with the oft-injured Daniel Thomas also in the mix.

Unfortunately, Miller, Thomas nor Leach may be able to do much to spark the running game if the offensive line struggles. The Dolphins upgraded at the right tackle spot by adding Tyson Clabo, but left tackle remains a concern. With Jake Long now in St. Louis, the Dolphins are currently slated to start second-year Jonathan Martin, who wasn't overly effective as a rookie starting primarily at right tackle last season.

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