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Eugene Monroe won’t be giving Ravens a discount

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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh sees Eugene Monroe as the team’s long-term solution at left tackle.

They better be willing to pay him if they want to keep him.

Monroe joined Glenn Clark of 1570 WNST in Baltimore and said, like Michael Bennett with the Seattle Seahawks, that he’s not interested in being “Costco or Walmart” and won’t be entertaining any discounts from the Ravens.

Everyone in the business should understand, even coaches when they’re going through their deals negotiating contracts, you have to get the absolute best because you put forth your best effort all the time, every single day in this league,” Monroe said. “So there are definitely no discounts, and you have to have you and your family’s best interests at heart in terms of negotiating these deals.”

“It’s interesting, wanting to be here but also knowing there could be possibilities everywhere and just waiting patiently to see how those opportunities may unfold.”

The Ravens traded for Monroe in October in a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Monroe started the final 11 games for the season for Baltimore. General manager Ozzie Newsome said the team is already talking with “several” of their players about contracts and Monroe is likely high on the list.

However, they shouldn’t expect him to come at a clearance price.

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21 Responses to “Eugene Monroe won’t be giving Ravens a discount”
  1. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 19, 2014 2:57 AM

    Go ahead and judge him, but hes a person too and hes just trying to the get the best deal he can. He worked his ass off and deserves whatever anyone is willing to offer.

  2. jshawaii22 says: Feb 19, 2014 3:33 AM

    I wonder if he has the same opinion if Cleveland or Miami comes calling…


  3. britishraven says: Feb 19, 2014 3:41 AM

    Franchise tag could be coming his way

  4. joeflaccospuremediocrity says: Feb 19, 2014 3:50 AM

    Why should he or any other Ravens player settle for less when their QB had no qualms about breaking the bank?

  5. dcapettini says: Feb 19, 2014 5:30 AM

    I guess being just an adequate left tackle is a lucrative position to be in these days. Monroe is OK. Nothing to write home to Mom about.

  6. squealersarelosers says: Feb 19, 2014 5:45 AM

    Smart man. He understands that his career is short and that he has to maximize his earnings while he can in order to secure his and his family’s long term financial health. Only fools give teams discounts.

  7. deathonwings410 says: Feb 19, 2014 6:43 AM

    There’s no way Ozzie is letting this guy walk after forking over the picks. He’s a franchise caliber LT, and the Ravens are rarely in position to draft such players.

  8. z06vision says: Feb 19, 2014 7:11 AM

    Ravens = Last place for this coming football season.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 19, 2014 7:29 AM


  10. Joemontanaflacco says: Feb 19, 2014 8:18 AM

    Ozzie will work this out. He has a proven record for recognizing and valuing talent. That’s why the Ravens have the best QB in the league.

  11. joefla47 says: Feb 19, 2014 8:29 AM


  12. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 19, 2014 8:31 AM

    “Announcing your Ravens 2015 starting line-up: Flacco, Suggs, Pitta, Monroe, that’s it.”

    what’s even more funny is that these 4, yes, 4 players will acount for more than $50M against the cap soon. Unless of course they commit to their QB for even more time and more money, or cut ties and pay the huge check. Nice run raven fans, but I was really looking forward to a few more years of you competing. Oh well…

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 19, 2014 9:00 AM

    Now that’s the team spirit Eugene….a true raven team player like JumpBallJoe.

  14. jakec4 says: Feb 19, 2014 9:12 AM

    They’ll certainly negotiate, and hopefully can meet somewhere in the middle, but the team didn’t say anything abut wanting him to take a low ball offer. The radio station asked him that.

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 19, 2014 9:21 AM

    Ozzie will work this out. He has a proven record for recognizing and valuing talent. That’s why the Ravens have the best QB in the league.

    I am sure he felt Boldin wasn’t the key to JumpBallJoes great Super Bowl run….right. Best QB….. Please your killing me with your jokes this early…stop it.

  16. theauger says: Feb 19, 2014 9:45 AM

    The Ravens better not let him become available. There are more than a few teams that would take Monroe over Albert. I imagine Arizona would be at his door the minute the negotiating window opens.

    20 days & counting.

  17. floratiotime says: Feb 19, 2014 9:46 AM

    At least he didn’t babble about feeding his family. Clearly he’s not the dumbest person in the NFL.

  18. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 19, 2014 10:08 AM

    Mizzle will be a Raven for life.

  19. Mr. Hand says: Feb 19, 2014 10:12 AM

    Less than half a year since the trade, and in hindsight the Jags don’t look so dumb and the Ravens don’t look so smart now do they??

    On the field it’s players not plays.

    In the front office it’s picks not players.

    It’s a young man’s game, and it’s a game of replacement.

    Dave Caldwell is doing it correctly.

  20. trollhammer20 says: Feb 19, 2014 10:15 AM

    Of course it isn’t Costco. If it were Costco, teams would get the ten-pack of whatever position they needed for a bargain price.

  21. steelerstrong says: Feb 19, 2014 10:22 AM

    Why not? They will all follow the bad precedent set by the average QB who is being paid top dollar.

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