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John Harbaugh: Ravens have made “aggressive offers” to free agents

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The Ravens have made “aggressive offers” to their prospective free agents, head coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday, according to the club’s Twitter feed and other media outlets.

With tight end Dennis Pitta off the market, offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, defensive lineman Arthur Jones and cornerback Corey Graham look to be the club’s most desirable free agents entering the new league year, which begins next Tuesday.

Monroe, a left tackle in the prime of his career, looks poised to do especially well whether he re-signs with Baltimore or tests the market, given his skill and the value of his position.

“We want to keep our guys,” Harbaugh said Tuesday, according to the club.

Whether that comes to pass remains to be seen.

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25 Responses to “John Harbaugh: Ravens have made “aggressive offers” to free agents”
  1. holla2626 says: Mar 5, 2014 3:17 PM

    Panthers would love Monroe

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 5, 2014 3:17 PM

    Ravens giving agressive offers. “Come play with us or something might happen to your knees, pal…”.

  3. si1m says: Mar 5, 2014 3:28 PM

    And unlike some other teams in our division, this is for players who are not yet eligible for Medicare.

  4. humbleminded85 says: Mar 5, 2014 3:28 PM

    Rumor has it that the Bengals are trying to trade with Baltimore as we speak. Adam Sheftner say’s Cincy is offering Gresham and a late round pick for a playoff win.

  5. hakunamangata says: Mar 5, 2014 3:32 PM

    Monroe was the 12th rated LT in the league last year, so why pay him the average of the top 5?

    If this was Ogden, or Joe Thomas we wouldn’t be having this discussion but you’re not so we are.

    Just when the Dolphins overpay for you, be sure to ask Ellerbe what life’s like down there.

  6. tvjules says: Mar 5, 2014 3:41 PM

    With the Flacco contract, and what appears to be a hit that they’ll soon take because of Rice, please Coach, define “aggressive”, because the numbers don’t suggest that you can be.

  7. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 5, 2014 3:52 PM

    “because the numbers don’t suggest that you can be.”

    What numbers? They are significantly below cap. Flacco’s contract again…dude, that’s been debunked for almost a year now. What hit for Rice? a multiple game suspension at worst?

  8. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 5, 2014 3:54 PM

    “Come on guys, sign the contracts. I’ll let you call in sick both Steeler weeks”

  9. finsblood13 says: Mar 5, 2014 3:55 PM

    Ravens run is over!! Flacco is garbage!! Fins are on the rise. Welcome to Miami Monroe!!

  10. 23rdusernameused says: Mar 5, 2014 3:56 PM

    “We want to keep our guys,” Harbaugh said Tuesday, according to the club.

    BUT b/c of “jumpball” joes contract, our hands our tied! Out the door you go, we’ll have to win as a one man team.
    Also, we’re keeping the woman beater and his 2 YPC!

  11. steelerfanjo says: Mar 5, 2014 3:58 PM

    They also have scoured the local jails for players to fit their team culture. This franchise is a joke.

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 5, 2014 4:01 PM

    “What hit for Rice? a multiple game suspension at worst?”

    Ravnes aren’t cutting him? Steelers dumped their RB Rainey asap for an even lesser offense.

  13. joemammy says: Mar 5, 2014 4:05 PM

    The Ratbirds can always scrounge up some of the Steelers’ geriatric castoffs. Except for the hairball. He’s already re-signed to their assisted living roster.

  14. deathonwings410 says: Mar 5, 2014 4:06 PM

    I think we need Monroe but I hope “aggressive” doesn’t mean “overpay.”

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 4:07 PM

    We want to keep our guys,

    And we don’t care if they are plea bargaining mlbs, wife beaters, or fiancé beaters…..those are our guys so will turn our backs as long as they can ball.

  16. weepingjebus says: Mar 5, 2014 4:15 PM

    Hopefully aggressive means “market value” not “got really close to them and sprayed them with my spittle.”

  17. 4thand29 says: Mar 5, 2014 4:17 PM

    To those who are (once again) wrongfully claiming that the Ravens can’t sign anyone because of Flacco’s contract:

    1) Flacco’s cap number is not even in the top 10 of all QBs (it’s 12th highest)

    2) The Ravens have just under $25 million in cap space to play with.

    So why exactly is it that they can’t make aggressive offers?

  18. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 5, 2014 4:20 PM

    There will be all kinds of teams in play for Monroe. The Panthers, Dolphins, Ravens, Raiders, Steelers and others could all be there as well as others. Will he get Jake Long money or elite dollars?

  19. aschittino says: Mar 5, 2014 4:24 PM

    The Ravens have the 10th most cap room in the NFL. They have plenty of room to make offers.

  20. randomcommenter says: Mar 5, 2014 4:26 PM

    Maybe if they made an aggressive offer to Bolden, their offense wouldn’t have stunk last year.

  21. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 5, 2014 4:27 PM

    He will re-sign Graham and Monroe. Every other FA is gone.

  22. aschittino says: Mar 5, 2014 4:30 PM

    “We want to keep our guys,

    And we don’t care if they are plea bargaining mlbs, wife beaters, or fiancé beaters…..those are our guys so will turn our backs as long as they can ball.”

    Sounds about right for every team in the NFL.

  23. tombstoned says: Mar 5, 2014 8:40 PM

    Monroe is a serviceable left tackle. Not special by any stretch. He will not be back and it will not be the end of the world. B Mac was a serviceable tackle for us as well. Won a Super Bowl with him as I recall. Having a better scheme will correct the O line issues. Caldwell was lost in this regard. We will pick up some cap casualty tackle to help us contend for another ring, while Miami or some other inept franchise will overpay for our leftovers. Happens every year like this. We will also trade back in the draft to recoup at least one of the lost Monroe draft picks, as well as receive a comp pick next year for letting him walk. This is how we’ve rolled in the past and I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t play out this way.

  24. scoobies05 says: Mar 6, 2014 5:15 PM

    really…because the steelers have no problem keeping two time accused rapists. people who cheer for teams in glass houses my friend

    and rainey didnt have the cap ramifications nor was the same player as rice. you know better

  25. cri33 says: Mar 7, 2014 1:50 AM

    Every team wants to keep the good players they have. Problem is usually they can’t. Can’t believe Flacco has a contract that pays him $120.6 million over 6 years. That is crazy kind of money at over $1,200,000/game in a 16 game reg season.

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