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06:59 AM ET 06.27 | The interest Vonta Leach has shown in the Giants may ultimately not be enough to keep the fullback from taking his talents to Miami. Leach, who was released by the Baltimore Ravens earlier this month, has drawn heavy interest around the league, because he's one of the best lead blockers around. But Leach's agent, Ralph Vitolo, told the Miami Herald Tuesday that the Dolphins are the best option. "I think so," Vitolo said. "I hope so. It's the right place to be." ... While nothing is imminent, the Dolphins are definitely the frontrunners, in large part because they can compensate Leach well. Miami has more than $17 million in cap space, and Leach's other suitors -- the Giants, Texans and Ravens -- simply can't match those numbers.

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June 27, 2013  07:25 AM ET

Go Get Um, you now have a shot at the Division!!!

June 27, 2013  07:36 AM ET

The Dolphins will win the AFC East.

June 27, 2013  08:00 AM ET

After a good if not great off-season of landing talent (from WR Mike Wallace to LB's Ellerby and Wheeler; even signing former Pro-Bowler Brent Grimes to shore up the defense) the Dolphins are now in a position to sign another Pro-Bowler, and possibly one of the best at his positions, in fullback Vonta Leach. If Miami has any holes in their team right now, it would be at the running back position. Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas, although serviceable, aren't exactly proven. What better way to help them along in their progression than signing one of the best blocking fullbacks in the game right now. He will help create holes for the RB's and protect QB Ryan Tannenhill. The only move left, assuming they end up landing Leach, would be to try and get a veteran RB to challenge the youngsters. Former University of Miami star Willis McGahee is available, and although he's closer to retirement than a game changer, has averaged nearly 900 yards and 7 touchdowns a season, breaking 1,000 yards as recently as the 2011 season. Still averaging around 4.1 yards a carry McGahee could very well prove to be the missing piece in what could be a Division winning season, especially with the downfall of all (including the Patriots) of the teams in the AFC East. Only time can tell, but this could very well be the year the Dolphins return to the playoffs for the first time since being led by QB Chad Pennington to a Division title in 2008.

June 27, 2013  08:13 AM ET

I'm starting to like the Fins' chances here. I'm still not sure about Tannehill... but if he is what they think he is then they are on their way.

And Joe Philbin looks like a leader.

June 27, 2013  08:23 AM ET

This was an interview with Leach's agent... His Agent! If NYG calls in 3 hours he's a Giant.

Wigger, please.

June 27, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Released players who are still unsigned in late June have few options on a good day. Credit his agent for trying to move a closeout sale to the bargain bin.

June 27, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Miami is starting to look interesting for the coming season, but having Tannehill under center does not overwhelm anyone with confidence

June 27, 2013  09:49 AM ET

He's taking his talents to south beach.

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June 27, 2013  12:51 PM ET

He is using the Giants to get more money out of Dolphins.

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June 28, 2013  01:10 AM ET

...and South Beach is such a good place for NFL players to be.

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