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Report: Ravens “should” have deal with Eugene Monroe before free agency starts

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There was growing optimism in Baltimore on Monday that the Ravens would be able to retain left tackle Eugene Monroe and signs continue to point in that direction on Tuesday.

Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports that the two sides are “very close” to an agreement that would keep Monroe in Baltimore for the next few years. Kinkhabwala’s colleague Ian Rapoport adds that the deal “should” be done before players are free to join other teams at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday afternoon.

Nothing is official until it is official, of course, but the recent change in tone regarding talk of Monroe’s return to Baltimore certainly bodes well for the Ravens’ chances of keeping him. With other teams able to speak to Monroe’s representatives for the last three days, things would likely be trending in the other direction if Baltimore’s offers were not more appealing than what other teams have pushed in Monroe’s direction.

It also probably doesn’t hurt that the other top left tackles in free agency have all been strongly linked to new homes away from Baltimore already. That leaves fewer options for both Monroe and the Ravens and all the more reason for them to bridge their earlier gap.

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16 Responses to “Report: Ravens “should” have deal with Eugene Monroe before free agency starts”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 11, 2014 9:30 AM

    Eugene Monroe can open some holes for ray rice (once ray rice gets back from suspension for beating his fiancee).

  2. ravensterps says: Mar 11, 2014 9:32 AM

    If this is true, things really just fell into place for the Ravens. We Ravens fans could use some good luck after this last month.

  3. thepftpoet says: Mar 11, 2014 9:37 AM

    They’re going to be forced to sign mediocre left tackle top 5 money.

    The incompetence of the Ravens franchise is showing.

  4. ravanator says: Mar 11, 2014 9:49 AM

    Monroe wants to wants to stay with the greatest franchise in the history of professional sports. Can anyone blame him? So glad the Ravens own the NFL.

    #ravensnationleader
    #joemontanaflacco

  5. jgd3rd says: Mar 11, 2014 9:51 AM

    Nice, this would be a good thing for Ravens.

  6. 2blingluvinit says: Mar 11, 2014 9:51 AM

    Taking care of business.

  7. humbleminded85 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:08 AM

    0-3 when it matters Rusty

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    Congratulations on re-signing the anchor to their 30th ranked RUSH Offense and 25th ranked PASS Offense (29th ranked Offense in the NFL in 2013).

    The Wizard of $120,000,000

  9. Coach John Harbaugh says: Mar 11, 2014 10:19 AM

    We Win Super Bowls

  10. flaccodelic says: Mar 11, 2014 10:35 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Mar 11, 2014 10:09 AM
    Congratulations on re-signing the anchor to their 30th ranked RUSH Offense and 25th ranked PASS Offense (29th ranked Offense in the NFL in 2013).

    The Wizard of $120,000,000

    —–

    Guessing the Bengals would pay $120,000,000 for a playoff victory at this point.

  11. humbleminded85 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:37 AM

    (once ray rice gets back from suspension for beating his fiancee).
    —————————————————
    Your right he should of taken advice from Pacman… or Robert Sands… or Cedric Benson… or even Chris Henry for that matter. Every team has idiots, but only one has a qb with a 0-3 record when it matters. Ben and Joe have has as many rings as Dalton does playoff losses. Ouch.

  12. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 11, 2014 10:45 AM

    We have six rings.

  13. si1m says: Mar 11, 2014 10:57 AM

    Meanwhile Kevin Colbert had to restructure his own MORTGAGE in order to keep Ike Taylor on the team

  14. guitarkevin says: Mar 11, 2014 11:07 AM

    Like I said all week, Eugene will be a Raven. I will come back at 4pm to rub it in everyone’s face.

  15. scoobies05 says: Mar 11, 2014 1:39 PM

    when you win a super bowl and the quarterback is mvp he gets paid. Bengal and Viking fans are confused by these concepts because they are 0 and 6 combined in the big game.

  16. jacktheraven says: Mar 11, 2014 2:56 PM

    Baltimore has 6 rings too. Not that big of a deal. Some teams have more than 6.

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