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.