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Vonta Leach on the way out in Baltimore

Vonta Leach

Baltimore Ravens fullback Vonta Leach celebrates after their 34-31 win against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)


Another starter on the defending Super Bowl champions is on the way out.

Ravens fullback Vonta Leach, a starter in Baltimore since arriving in 2011, will be either traded or released after failing to come to terms on a new contract, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Leach, whose current contract calls for him to earn a $3 million base salary in 2013, said last week that he was still optimistic a deal could get worked out for him to remain with the Ravens. But he added that if it doesn’t work out, “I feel like I still can play in this league and I’ll have a job somewhere.”

The 31-year-old Leach is still a good lead blocker and capable of contributing to some NFL team, but it looks like that team will not be the Ravens. And Baltimore will turn to fourth-round rookie Kyle Juszczyk as Ray Rice’s lead blocker.