Giants pursuit of Eugene Monroe has already started

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The Giants have been looking for tackle help all offseason, so when one fell into the market yesterday, they were naturally interested.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Giants have already contacted former Ravens tackle Eugene Monroe, and think they have a “decent chance” of landing him.

The Ravens released the former big-ticket free agent, partially because they drafted Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley in the first round and partially (whether they’ll say it out loud or not) because of his advocacy for medical marijuana research.

The Giants had actually had some degree of conversation with the Ravens about trading for Monroe, but it didn’t go far because of the big contract he was carrying at the time (three years and $20 million left on the five-year, $37.5 million deal Baltimore gave him in 2014).

Now the Giants don’t have to give anything up and they can negotiate their own terms, though there will likely be competition. The Chargers and Seahawks have needs at the position as well and could bid for Monroe.

The Giants have made efforts to shore up the position all offseason. They brought Russell Okung in for a free agent visit before he went to Denver, and were reportedly interested in drafting Jack Conklin in the first round before the Titans traded in front of them.

Of course, if they wanted to take a tackle with a history of marijuana advocacy, they could have always just drafted Laremy Tunsil.

16 responses to “Giants pursuit of Eugene Monroe has already started

  1. Not a Giants fan. Just an outsider looking in but the Giants had in my opinion a great couch in Coughlin. Maybe it was in fact time for a change and a new message but where was this aggression from the front office hiding while he was with the team. Who knows what could have been achieved if the the team had spent like this under Coughlin. Maybe he was against spending bigbin free agency. I dont know.

  2. Good luck with that. It’s funny how the marijuana advocacy is getting all the press for his release and not his horrible attitude in the locker room or unreliability.

    As someone who watched him for three seasons in Baltimore let me clue you in on a little known fact giants fans; he’s soft. Toilet paper is tougher than this guy and once he got paid that was it for his dedication. The coaching staff questioned it, but more importantly the players in the locker room did as well. Best example of this was in 2014 when he was cleared to play in his first playoff game but decided to sit because his ankle was bothering him.

    Now if it was I’m sorry, but it ALWAYS seemed to be something new with him and right or wrong the NFL culture is to play hurt not injured. I doubt Ronnie Lott or L.T. or really 95% of the great players would make the same call.

    Moreover he was inconsistent on the field even when he was out there. He had games where he locked down the left side (particularly against teams like Seattle with a great pass rush) and then was completely destroyed by players like Lamaar Houston.

    So good luck to whoever signs him but just don’t expect him to be out on the field much or rely on him for anything but a situational backup at this point.

  3. brianav036 says:
    Jun 16, 2016 9:00 AM
    Not a Giants fan. Just an outsider looking in but the Giants had in my opinion a great couch in Coughlin. Maybe it was in fact time for a change and a new message but where was this aggression from the front office hiding while he was with the team. Who knows what could have been achieved if the the team had spent like this under Coughlin. Maybe he was against spending bigbin free agency. I dont know.

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    I get what you’re saying but they needed a coach and not a couch. Either way 7-9 is about as good as it gonna get for a while.

  4. So the Jags drafted a tackle and traded Monroe away and now the Ravens have drafted a tackle and released Monroe…… Hmmmm what does that tell you?

  5. brianav036 says:
    Jun 16, 2016 9:00 AM

    Not a Giants fan. Just an outsider looking in but the Giants had in my opinion a great couch in Coughlin. Maybe it was in fact time for a change and a new message but where was this aggression from the front office hiding while he was with the team. Who knows what could have been achieved if the the team had spent like this under Coughlin. Maybe he was against spending bigbin free agency. I dont know.
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    They had some spending sprees during Coughlin’s tenure, When they went and got Chris Canty and others. I think the biggest issue has been the lower rounds of the draft have produced nothing. The only real player left from the 2010-2012 drafts left on the team is Jason Pierre-Paul. It shows how poorly the draft has been for them.

  6. Seattle can’t bring in a marijuana advocate. He’d fail every dig test. This guy has serious health issues, and still might demand high dollar. Stick with the no name tackles, Webb, Poole, Gilliam, Sowell

  7. itsfootballbaby says:
    Jun 16, 2016 9:37 AM

    So the Jags drafted a tackle and traded Monroe away and now the Ravens have drafted a tackle and released Monroe…… Hmmmm what does that tell you?
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    That teams like to roll the dice on unproven talent and sometimes it works, and sometimes it fails miserably.

  8. I doubt the Giants will sign him. i heard the hold up in the trade is Giants wanted him to take less money and play RT. Monroe wants play LT. good luck to who gets him. being a Ravens fan. he’s pretty good when he’s on the field. but also being a Ravens he was a bad signing for us. he played less than half the games

  9. It has nothing to do with weed, and most Ravens fans will tell you that all day.

    Dude was turning into a cancer, and worse, a cancer that couldn’t–eh, wouldn’t–play for his pay.

  10. Kingmj4891 says:
    Jun 16, 2016 9:37 AM
    brianav036 says:
    Jun 16, 2016 9:00 AM
    Not a Giants fan. Just an outsider looking in but the Giants had in my opinion a great couch in Coughlin. Maybe it was in fact time for a change and a new message but where was this aggression from the front office hiding while he was with the team. Who knows what could have been achieved if the the team had spent like this under Coughlin. Maybe he was against spending bigbin free agency. I dont know.

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    I get what you’re saying but they needed a coach and not a couch. Either way 7-9 is about as good as it gonna get for a while.
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    1. Coughlin had major input on all personnel moves prior to 2015. Not to the point of veto power, but he often made the call on who they signed or did not sign in free agency.

    2. 7-9? Maybe if they continue to be at or near the top of the league in man games lost to injury as they have over the past 5-6 years. If not, no way the Giants don’t win 10 games this year. Minimum.

    Monroe has been known to be soft and spotty in his play. I’ve watched his whole NFL career, so the other guys who spoke about him aren’t wrong.

  11. If only one team is seriously pursuing him, an incentive laden deal is the way to go. As already previously noted, Monroe is the definition of a complacent player. It’s a shame that he didn’t put the same passion towards his profession as he does in being an advocate for marijuana. If this was such an issue in the NFL you would think other players would be outspoken in supporting it regardless of the controversy. Bottom line is he blew a good gig in Baltimore.

  12. Weed didn’t do it, bad play, overpriced contract and injuries are what got him a ticket out of baltimore.

  13. some of the most prolific minds of our history were cannabis advocates.

    from hemp as a material to THC as a medicinal, cannabis will always be more fruitful to humanity than any prescription medication could ever be.

    Plastics are littering our oceans. Hemp decomposes naturally.

  14. If the Giants make an offer he’ll take it, but he was hoping to hear from either Seattle of Denver.

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