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Optimism grows in Baltimore that Ravens can keep Eugene Monroe

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A couple of days ago, word out of Baltimore was that the Ravens and Eugene Monroe were far apart in contract negotiations. But a lot has changed in a couple of days.

The Baltimore Sun now reports that Monroe and the Ravens have continued to negotiate, and there’s optimism that an agreement can be reached.

It’s unclear what has changed, but the report that the Ravens weren’t expecting to keep Monroe came out before teams were allowed to start talking to agents. So it seems likely that once teams and agents began their communications on Saturday, either Monroe’s camp began to realize that there isn’t a better deal out there than the one the Ravens are offering, or the Ravens upped their offer for Monroe when they discovered that offensive tackles are going to be more expensive than they expected. Or perhaps some combination of the two.

Nothing is official until Monroe signs, and he may still decide to wait until free agency starts on Tuesday afternoon. But it’s now looking a lot more likely that Monroe will remain in Baltimore than it looked 48 hours ago.

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43 Responses to “Optimism grows in Baltimore that Ravens can keep Eugene Monroe”
  1. 1pwrightt says: Mar 9, 2014 8:24 PM

    DA? Has anything changed for the Ravens. I mean didn’t another Raven get arrested this week-end. Just saying.

  2. jacobslatter says: Mar 9, 2014 8:25 PM

    The Ravens can keep Monroe…nevermore.

  3. rockthered1286 says: Mar 9, 2014 8:37 PM

    How is nobody piecing this together?! Miami and Arizona were allegedly going hard after Monroe a week or so ago. His agent expected bigger offers in FA from those teams. Now that Miami is locking in on Albert and Arizona locking in on Veldheer, Monroe is finding his options are either return to Baltimore and play for a winning organization for slightly less, or go to a lesser organization and be back where he was in his Jacksonville days.

  4. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 9, 2014 8:37 PM

    LOL! We hope so!

  5. loyalraven says: Mar 9, 2014 8:39 PM

    Meanwhile… the Ravens are top 10 in available cap space this year and Steeler fans everywhere are scared.

  6. jtbsteeler says: Mar 9, 2014 8:41 PM

    I want him and Oher re-signed.

  7. siggtacular says: Mar 9, 2014 8:45 PM

    Ravens will win the Super Bowl in 2014

  8. jakec4 says: Mar 9, 2014 8:45 PM

    Monroe’s wife is from the area as well. Better believe that is a factor too. I doubt she’s pumped up about moving to Oakland or wherever when Oz is just going to match whatever Monroe gets offered. Unless it’s stupid money, but Miami looked like the only team ready to spend stupid money, and they’re getting Albert.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 9, 2014 8:45 PM

    Are the ravens going to drag Monroe out of an elevator and into a conference room to get him to sign?!?

  10. ravenunitas says: Mar 9, 2014 8:50 PM

    LOL! We hope so!
    ===================================
    Yes, you mean you hope Monroe comes back because he stonewalled your defense and overrated pass rushers. Yeah thats right….

  11. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 9, 2014 8:50 PM

    Mizzle will be a Raven for life.

  12. Mike Rigz says: Mar 9, 2014 9:22 PM

    If he doesn’t return the Ravens first round selection will be very obvious.

  13. bengalsbilly says: Mar 9, 2014 9:24 PM

    Would be a good signing for the Ravens. I guess the non-tampering tampering period has informed Monroe’s agent that he’s not quite worth he had first thought.

  14. jacobk621 says: Mar 9, 2014 9:27 PM

    Now that another raven has been arrested this weekend and giving the organization another black eye , look for them to sign Monroe to avoid or minimize the distraction that Jah Reid gave them !!

  15. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 9, 2014 9:54 PM

    It would certainly increase his chances of remaining a Raven if he could manage to rough up a broad in the next 24-48 hours.

  16. ravensenvysteelers says: Mar 9, 2014 10:11 PM

    Haha! This ship is sinking fast! “In Ozzie we trust”…to waste 2 draft picks on an O-lineman to play half a season and leave!

  17. jtbsteeler says: Mar 9, 2014 10:13 PM

    Monroe was a key cog on a horrible Raven oline. Sign him and get it over with. Hurry!!!

  18. si1m says: Mar 9, 2014 11:01 PM

    jtbsteeler says:
    Mar 9, 2014 8:41 PM
    I want him and Oher re-signed.”

    Please refer to him by his proper title: Eugene Monroe, Destroyer of Worilds

    Meanwhile Steeler fans are getting their Big Ben injury excuse book ready for another year of action

  19. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 9, 2014 11:17 PM

    Amazing the ravens can sign anyone after Flaccos crippling contract.

    Oh thats right ravens are top 10 in cap space, his contract wasn’t crippling at all and the people who said so are idiots.

  20. japmen says: Mar 9, 2014 11:31 PM

    His agent oversold his price. Dolphins and cards just decided to move on.

  21. leksington says: Mar 10, 2014 3:49 AM

    Would you look at that: the Ravens can afford to sign a $9.5M/year player and are $25M under the cap.

    I thought Flacco’s contract was supposed to cripple this team?

  22. corvusmaximus says: Mar 10, 2014 5:34 AM

    @ravensenvlysteelers:

    lol… yeah the potential loss of a 4th and 5th rounder for naught would sting….

    But holla back when you guys finally get “under” the cap.

    (smh….stillers)

  23. dcapettini says: Mar 10, 2014 6:14 AM

    If Monroe signs elsewhere, the Ravens will get one of those draft picks back in compensation. It might even be a 4th if he signs for high enough.

    In other news, the Steelers wasted a first and a second round draft pick on bust linemen, Decastro and Adams.

  24. xinellum says: Mar 10, 2014 7:05 AM

    Looks like they may be the only one who wants him. The Adolph’s have shown interest in Albert, the Cardinals want Veldheer and the Raiders wanT Saffold. Seems no one courted Monroe cause he overpriced his value. He is not great but he is young and good, hard to find in left tackles.

  25. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 10, 2014 8:16 AM

    oher will fit fine in pittsburgh,just a mater of time.thats about all the cap room they got..

  26. beachsidejames says: Mar 10, 2014 8:47 AM

    3rd Raven arrested in last 21 days. Reid in Key West beating a guy in a strip club all caught on camera. Dolphins bully each other and the ravens beat up on the general public.

  27. stuckthefeelers says: Mar 10, 2014 8:49 AM

    Nice. He could play half asleep and pummel that sorry Worilds/Jarvis jones duo the stoolers trot out. Steelers should take note. Spend money on players that aren’t at the tail end of their careers. Keep extending fogeys like miller and polamalu losers!

  28. ninetysixer says: Mar 10, 2014 8:58 AM

    This is how Ozzie operates, he gives all the guys he wants to keep a fair offer based on how he values the player, then tells the player(s) to test the market and see if they can’t get a better deal.

  29. thebirdsareback says: Mar 10, 2014 8:59 AM

    Monroe was one of two strengths on the oline last year along with Yanda. Trolls don’t understand for all so don’t entertain them with your comments. He’s a huge signing because it frees up that first round pick to grab either the best TE, Gaurd, WR or FS

  30. guitarkevin says: Mar 10, 2014 9:12 AM

    I said it early on, when this story broke. Eugene will be a Raven before free agency.

  31. deathonwings410 says: Mar 10, 2014 9:13 AM

    jtbsteeler says:
    Mar 9, 2014 10:13 PM
    Monroe was a key cog on a horrible Raven oline. Sign him and get it over with. Hurry!!!

    _______________________________

    You must have him confused with Michael “False Start (In Home Stadium 9 times out of 10″ Oher, aka “the Blind Turnstyle.”

    Monroe and Yanda were EASILY our best linemen.

  32. opinevain says: Mar 10, 2014 10:42 AM

    The Raven hate is unusual. Speaking of Flacco’s money, why do non-fans care?

  33. holeinone09 says: Mar 10, 2014 11:15 AM

    si1m says:
    Mar 9, 2014 11:01 PM

    jtbsteeler says:
    Mar 9, 2014 8:41 PM
    I want him and Oher re-signed.”

    Please refer to him by his proper title: Eugene Monroe, Destroyer of Worilds

    Meanwhile Steeler fans are getting their Big Ben injury excuse book ready for another year of action
    * * *

    Big Ben injury excuse book ready for another year??? Ahhh, Ben played every snap last year and had one of his best seasons ever with a makeshift OL.

  34. jiggy3198 says: Mar 10, 2014 11:24 AM

    So Ben played one of his best years ever and they still finished 8 and 8 and missed the playoffs. That is pathetic. Meanwhile Joe had his worst year ever and they finished eight and eight and miss the playoffs. Which franchises better

  35. iamedreed says: Mar 10, 2014 11:32 AM

    “Big Ben injury excuse book ready for another year??? Ahhh, Ben played every snap last year and had one of his best seasons ever with a makeshift OL.”

    yeah go ahead and brag about something Joe has done every single year hes been in the NFL

    #injuryprone

  36. sbchampsagain says: Mar 10, 2014 11:55 AM

    This story is impossible.
    I thought Flacco was eating all the cap space?!

  37. getyourownname says: Mar 10, 2014 11:57 AM

    So some Steeler trolls are trying to make fun of a team that, with intelligent cap management, looks like it is about to do something the Steelers can’t do, due to Steelers’ renowned poor salary cap management – sign a quality free agent – while celebrating creation of added future cap problems resulting from extending old players who are .500 the past two years and haven’t won a playoff game since 2010 season?

  38. ravensenvysteelers says: Mar 10, 2014 12:09 PM

    @corvusmaximus “holla back”…we are under cap and didn’t loose anyone significant, and much more space can easily be created…stay tuned and learn something

  39. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 10, 2014 12:25 PM

    “I thought Flacco’s contract was supposed to cripple this team?”

    Be patient, it will in a few years.

  40. nickchristy says: Mar 10, 2014 8:48 PM

    “Be patient, it will in a few years.”

    You mean when they restructure it? When will everyone learn that Ozzie Newsome knows what he is doing..

  41. jimmyjames65 says: Mar 10, 2014 10:10 PM

    Ravens are in constant motion to improve the team. Steelers, not so much.

  42. jimmyjames65 says: Mar 10, 2014 10:15 PM

    Steelers don’t know what free agency is. They draft dirty players and teach them the “Steeler Way.” Only it looks like Goodell has stomped it out like a fire. Really bad when James Harrison takes less money to play on a division rival.

  43. jimmyjames65 says: Mar 10, 2014 10:17 PM

    They do keep their play-makers though. Which is why I know Sanders will cost some team money as a bust.

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