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John Harbaugh wants to hold onto Eugene Monroe

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The Ravens have some decisions to make about their offensive line in the offseason.

The unit struggled to both clear holes in the running game and protect Joe Flacco, making change a must before next season. One place those changes might start is at the tackles. Both left tackle Eugene Monroe and right tackle Michael Oher are set to become free agents and bringing both back may be unrealistic under the salary cap, assuming they want Oher back after a poor year.

Coach John Harbaugh didn’t leave much doubt about what he wants to happen with Monroe, however. The coach wants the man acquired from Jacksonville for fourth and fifth round picks this season back in 2014.

“I don’t think there’s any question that people feel like Eugene Monroe is a long-term answer at left tackle,” Harbaugh said, via the Carroll County Times. “Everybody around the league feels that way. And he’s here. He likes it here. He did a heck of a job. … For a guy coming in when he came in, and to pick up the offense and perform the way he did, it says a lot.”

The Ravens didn’t trade for Monroe just to get part of one season out of him and he was the best member of the line this season, so Harbaugh’s view is the one you’d expect. The questions are whether they can nail down a deal before the market opens and if they’re willing to use the franchise tag if a deal doesn’t come together.

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18 Responses to “John Harbaugh wants to hold onto Eugene Monroe”
  1. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 31, 2013 5:14 PM

    I guess John likes Eugene more than he does Ray Rice seeing as he knows how Eugene plays and not Ray. I got it Eugene knows the rules and doesn’t complain to the refs while Ray doesn’t so John has to whine for him. Oh well…..

  2. jakec4 says: Dec 31, 2013 5:16 PM

    Don’t tell him how much you like him, Harbaugh. Now his agent will ask for more. I guess Monroe would be okay, he did have to switch teams in the middle of the season, but I don’t want to be reading these accolades about Gradkowski. They ignored center forever for when Birk retired, and they paid for it this season. Michael ‘ drive killer’ Oher can go be the most penalized player in the NFL for someone else. The knock on him was intelligence and those people were right. Rick Wagner can’t be much worse, but we’ll see.

  3. floratiotime says: Dec 31, 2013 5:17 PM

    So does Aaron Rodgers.

  4. iamthegreatcornflorio says: Dec 31, 2013 5:26 PM

    Aaron just better be sure to not pour soy sauce on Eugene’s rice.

  5. iikanji says: Dec 31, 2013 5:27 PM

    Gee … I wonder why they are having trouble finding the money to pay for linemen …

  6. haterade999 says: Dec 31, 2013 5:37 PM

    Birk retired after the SB last year. Gino has had 16 games.

  7. scoobies05 says: Dec 31, 2013 6:17 PM

    unlike the coach of the steelers who whines about calls made involving teams who he doesnt coach

  8. maninbrown says: Dec 31, 2013 6:22 PM

    Get rid of Oher, he shouldn’t be Blind-sided by it.

    Another thing, people need to stop bitching about Flacco’s payday. 5 straight playoff appearances, capped off with a SuperBowl title. That’s his reward for 5 great seasons. You see what the alternative is with Tyrod Taylor. LMAO

  9. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 31, 2013 7:02 PM

    Cut Shipley and gino please. They are getting Joe killed.

  10. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 31, 2013 7:08 PM

    unlike the coach of the steelers who whines about calls made involving teams who he doesnt coach

    It’s unlike you to make things up like JFM ….what’s up…you get some bad Chinese food? Forget to read the entire quote or just decide to hate? That time of the month?

  11. skinsfolife says: Dec 31, 2013 7:50 PM

    Whine aught has no clue what he is talking about. He is a Barry Switzerland esque coach that walked into a great situation and made a couple strides but watch out now because baltimore is going straight down the tubes.

  12. slowboater1 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:06 PM

    Just like a Deadskins fan to try and rag on Harbaugh for wanting a solid left tackle. You deserve Dan Snyder and the unwatchable team you root for. So how is it looking up from last place all the time?

  13. i10east says: Dec 31, 2013 8:10 PM

    Looks like the Jags GM Dave Caldwell made the correct decision by releasing Monroe.

    #JagsFleecedtheRavens

  14. doe22us says: Dec 31, 2013 8:25 PM

    Oher, is definitely not coming back thats for sure, the guy is terrible.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:26 PM

    Love to see Oher in Pats uni but I don’t see it happening.

  16. dcapettini says: Dec 31, 2013 10:06 PM

    Oher is an adequate right tackle despite his many movement penalties. If he is willing to accept adequate right tackle money, they should keep him. Not keeping Monroe will just create another problem position, although he is little more than an adequate left tackle. Gino has to go and Shipley as well. They must keep Pitta although Dickson and Clark can move on. If they could shed Rice without a big cap hit I think they would, but it is not likely. I would be nice to keep Jacoby but it is not likely. Someone will offer him a ton of dough. Arthur Jones almost has to be kept and resigning Darryl Smith has to be a big priority. Where they are going to get the cap money is the question and they don’t have enough draft picks now. Suggs and Ngata are big question marks. Neither had a good season and both are very expensive. Perhaps there will be a trade for more picks. If they were willing to lose Boldin last year, I don’t see either as untouchable.
    It should be a very interesting off season.

  17. backdapack4evr says: Dec 31, 2013 10:09 PM

    Get rid of flacco!!
    What a waste of money

  18. scoobies05 says: Jan 1, 2014 8:27 AM

    did you read the article. clearly tomlin was unhappy with the officiating in the charger/chiefs game. a game that didnt involve the steelers

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