While several of the Ravens' 13 pending free agents said they want to be back with the team, fullback Vonta Leach doesn't count himself among them. At least not yet.
Leach's role diminished early in the season to the point that the former All-Pro played just two offensive snaps in Week 9, three in Week 15 and five in each of the Ravens' last two games.
Leach said Monday on locker clean-out day that he planned to sit down with general manager Ozzie Newsome and the coaching staff to see if returning to Baltimore is the right move.
"Obviously, I wasn't in the offense a whole lot this year," said Leach, who signed a two-year deal before the season. "A lot of factors factored into that. I think I can still play this game, I've still got a lot of good tread on my tires. ...
"If they had a role for me, ideally I'd like to come back here, I want to be back. But I understand this is a business and you know how it goes."
The Ravens finished 30th in the NFL with a team record-low 1,328 rushing yards this season. Baltimore's 3.1 yards per carry ranked last in the league.
Coach John Harbaugh explained what went into the change in Leach's role, and why the 10-year veteran played so little after the first few games of the season.
"Vonta's role changed when we moved the offense away from a two-back foundation early on, and the reason we got away from that was because it wasn't working," Harbaugh said. "We started off with a two-back foundation, and we couldn't run the ball well enough to base the offense on the run game. And I think we came to that realization, and we had to move away from it, which took Vonta off the field more. But, he still played a critical role in terms of short yardage and the different things he was out there (for), and he did a good job.
"But Vonta's biggest role this year probably was (from a) leadership standpoint. He was a leader, and I would have loved to have him on the field more, but it didn't play out that way. We planned on him being out there more, but it didn't play out that way."
Leach, 32, wants to continue his career even though the NFL is progressively phasing out the fullback position.
"It is tough for a fullback, but there's still some teams that use fullbacks and I think I could play probably another one or two years," Leach said.
There were times Leach was wondering why he was still on the team with how little he was used. He played more than 12 offensive snaps just once in the Ravens' last 10 games.
"It always crossed your mind, but you've just got to understand that sometimes stuff changes and you've just got to roll with the change," Leach said. "... It was very frustrating, but at the same time, I was still here, I was ready to go whenever they needed me. But like I said, it was just part of the business and when a team changes its scheme, changes what they do, you've just got to roll with it."