Vonta Leach was released Tuesday by the Baltimore Ravens, who failed to agree on a restructured contract with the All-Pro fullback.
Leach was an integral part of a running game that helped the Ravens become champions last season. Paving the way for standout halfback Ray Rice, Leach made the Pro Bowl in each of his two seasons with Baltimore and was a key figure in the locker room.
''He played a significant role in helping us get to the AFC Championship game in 2011 and win the Super Bowl last season,'' general manager Ozzie Newsome said. ''He added to our toughness and will to win. Plus, he provided leadership.''
After negotiations reached a standstill, both sides agreed it would be best to terminate Leach's contract. But Newsome left open the possibility that Leach could return if he fails to find an adequate suitor in the free-agent market.
''We could revisit this before or during training camp,'' Newsome said.