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Ravens Trade Future Draft Picks To Jaguars For T Eugene Monroe


Unhappy with the play so far this season of left tackle Bryant McKinnie, the Baltimore Ravens acquired left tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday night via a trade.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Ravens gave the Jaguars multiple third-day draft picks in exchange for the 26 year-old Monroe, who was originally selected eighth overall by Jacksonville in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Virginia.

Monroe will cost a little more than $2.9 million against the Ravens salary cap the remainder of this season and he is basically a rented player right now because the 2014 year of his contract will void two days after the regular season. Being as the Ravens only have $1.213 million in cap space as of Tuesday evening, his new team will likely need to restructure a contract or two in order to accommodate his cap charge.

Since the deal was first reported, several people seem to be upset that the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t make a move for Monroe.

First, the Steelers wouldn’t be able to afford to take on Monroe’s cap charge unless they were to restructure another contract or two. Second, Monroe is not under contract for 2014, so it would be silly for them to give up multiple future draft picks for a player that more than likely won’t be back in 2014.

Monroe had two solid seasons with Jaguars in 2011 and 2012, but has played pretty average so far this season. The Ravens are betting that a change of scenery will do him good and that he will be an upgrade over McKinnie, who has struggled in the run blocking department so far this season.

The Ravens are 2-2 right now and they will face the 3-1 Miami Dolphins this coming weekend.

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  • steeltown

    Nice… another move by a rival club that makes sense, its called being proactive, instead of stubborn to admit when you need help

    I have always disagreed with trading away a future pick(s) for outside players, but with the track record we have with drafting OLine I’d be all for acquiring an experienced OL player that we already know can play the position

  • James Kling

    So the Steelers play *tackle carousel and hope for the best, while the Ravens trade a bag of magic beans and a 6-pack of PBR for Eugene Monroe. This is why Colbert is a genius.

    *Alleged tackles might be more accurate.

  • Mike Carroll

    Depending on what the actual draft picks, it looks like the Ravens may have paid a high price for a 12 game rental player. So, I’m not overly upset the Steelers did not make this trade.

    However, the fact Steelers could not afford this deal from a salary cap standpoint is more direct evidence of their salary cap management problems the last several years. We all know the Steelers mainly build their teams through the draft. But, years ago they use to occasionally bring in an impact type player once every few years via free agency or trade (Farrior, Jeff Hartings, Kevin Greene, Bettis). Since the Clark signing in 2006, the most they could afford in free agency has been supplemental/role type players.

  • James Kling

    Bunch of R4-7 players, according to PFT.

    Nah, I’d rather draft players we’re gonna cut or send down to the practice squad than to actually protect Ben.

  • Mike Carroll

    I feel the same way, but I wouldn’t want the Steelers to restructure more of their own bad contracts for a player who might only be around for 12 games.

  • kev4heels

    Do any of you guys really think the Ravens are not going to resign Monroe? The guy is a top-10 LT. We had no cap room – true. Then make some. The worst position on this team right now is LT. Fix it…

  • T R

    So you rather rent a player for 12 games then have to release him cause you cant afford him next year and give up your future picks.. Oh sure that makes alot of sense.. Please folks stop looking at what others are doing and worry bout what we can do inside…

  • steeltown

    Who says we release em after the season?? …if he plays well you retain his services. This Team is due for a number of extensions and/or cuts next offseason…. many options

  • steeltown

    Who says it has to be a short term fix… if they play well you keep them around

  • steeltown

    Exactly

  • Curtis

    You wouldn’t release him you get rid of some dead weight. You keep V. Fernando you use him as a center and move Pouncy to guard or vice verse. But we have $100 million QB and we get below average linemen to protect him. In my opinion it really don’t make sense.

  • HarryBackside

    Ozzie definitely deserves credit for making this move. He’s not afraid to do what it takes to fix a problem.

  • Tom

    Another shrewd move by Ozzie. ( I get tired of saying that) The fact that the Ravens had the cap room to make this deal is a credit to him. He does an excellent job of managing their cap.

    I feel pretty confident that there is no chance that his 2 starting safeties would be carrying cap charges over 18 million.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Looks like the Ravens turned over a few stones!

  • Mike Carroll

    Not saying it’s definitely a short term fix. But, there is a definite level of uncertainty involved here. I wouldn’t be surprised if Monroe is offered or wants something stupid in free agency (say $10M per year) if he plays well for the Ravens. If that’s the case, this trade would make absolutely no sense for the Steelers.

    If Monroe goes on to be paid something like $4M per year, because he is considered a good/very good tackle, but not “elite”, then I will be upset the Steelers were not able to get him.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    We may not have any cap room but neither did the Ravens and they still traded for him.

  • Mike Carroll

    At what cost? $10M per year? Because that’s what top tackles go for. No thanks, the Steelers have made that mistake too often already which is why they are already over the cap next year despite fielding an 0-4 team this year.

  • T R

    We cant get out of the hole signing big contracts to only release others.. Only way out this hole is to collect picks and do better scouting and make better picks in the draft and get this contracts off our books and build with youth like the Seattles and 49ers did… We cant keep pushing money back…

  • T R

    And then pay a big contract to someone and they go down we stuck with them on IR..

  • T R

    only because Flacco contract doesnt hit them untill next year.. his contract didnt account for much this year… Lets see what happen next year..

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Nice one.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    If we traded for monroe instead of b-more and he played well is it posible for us to give him a contract extension before the season is over lets say after week 14

  • Mike Carroll

    Great point. That’s one more reason a team should not put too much money into too few players.

  • steeltown

    Extensions… guys like Ben, Heath and even Hood or Pouncey are due for extensions, which immediately alleviate cap stress…stocking picks makes sense in theory, but if we cant draft accordingly then Ben will be Peyton Mannings age or put in early retirement by the time we get him a solid OLine

  • Tom

    The Steelers already do that. They just do it at safety.

  • kev4heels

    We have spent too much money on our own players who are on the wrong side of 30…excluding Woodley and Timmons (who actually produce). Are you saying the only way to get a good LT is to draft one? B/c, like you said, a decent one is going to cost you 10 mil. Unfortunately, that’s the way it is. But, a LT is not a luxury. It’s a necessity. Especially when you have a guy like Ben at the helm. Love the guy but he is not a timing thrower. He is not a guy who hits his drop and throws on rhythm. He requires a LT who can hold his block longer. In my eyes, outside of QB and maybe OLB, there is no more important position on the field. So yeah, do what you have to get a good LT in while we have Ben in his prime. JMO…

  • Mike Carroll

    Not sure Ben will be extended next year. If this team goes 4-12, the team should not extend him with 2 years remaining on his deal. It would be much better to go ahead and finally eat a big chunk of the cap hit they have already pushed back on his deal. That way his contract is not such an albatross and they can move forward into 2014/15 and see how Ben AND the team performs to decide if they want to continue to keep him. I’m not saying the FO approaches it this way, but they should!

  • steeltown

    Yea..but they might not have a choice unless they straight up release Ike Taylor and/or Polamalu… they’ll need to relieve cap somehow and extensions to your prized players might be the best route, its better than restructures anyway

  • Soliciting Steelers

    According to Jason La Canfora, the Steelers are looking to bring in a veteran offensive tackle to fix their protection issues.

    Ravens aren’t the only team in AFC North moving for tackle help – Steelers and
    Cards are hammering out a trade sending Levi Brown to PITT
    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 2, 2013

  • Callentown

    As the defending SB Champs, I’m guessing the Ravens feel they have a shot this year still (as they should).

    The Steelers season is effectively over, with any regards towards playoffs and success in that framework. So adding someone at the cost of draft picks makes less sense for us, in my opinion.

  • steeltown

    Wow… Levi has a lot of experience dating back to college at Penn State and a number of years in the pros, he had a 4yr span where he started every game for ARI

  • RW

    I disagree that it would have been a bad move for us. Restructure a couple of contracts and get this guy signed. I wouldn’t be averse to cutting a good portion of the roster and dressing 40 guys each game – as long as Ben isn’t on the ground every 2 seconds.

  • steeltown

    Not if the player you’re adding can be a long term fix

  • James Kling

    Steelers and Cards are hammering out a deal for Levi Brown to be traded. Give us Brown for Manny Sanders, straight up, LOL!

  • Doni609

    Why don’t the Steelers pick up McKinnie for a song as he would certainly be a upgrade over anything they have at L Tackle.

  • Soliciting Steelers

    McKinnie not a zone-blocking scheme LT…even though that is not as important as beginning of year, still must be considered

  • Soliciting Steelers

    Adams or Gilbert have to be invovled in the deal seeing as the Cards will still need a T, they are 2nd rd picks which gets u close to 1st rd Levi, and salary displacement…

  • Soliciting Steelers

    maybe both if we r lucky ;)

  • Soliciting Steelers

    Yea and maybe a change of scenery, zone-blocking scheme, and coming home can help him….he hasn’t been the greatest LT in AZ

  • steeltown

    He hasn’t been terrible, like our current tackles.. actually he’s been quite solid for them dating back to ’07

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Next year Jarvis Jones will loop 15 feet around Eugene Monroe and Flacco will step up and deliver a complete pass. On the next play Monroe will spring Rice for a TD and folks will say, man, I wish the Steelers had a LT like that.

  • T R

    wake up….

  • CrazyTerry

    Consdiering Levi is paid ,more than Monroe , whyu is the Levi Brown more sensible than this one?????? Unless AZ has agreed to take on Whimper and Redman to offset salaries.

  • CrazyTerry

    Seriosuly at this point, who cares if a T is more suitable to zone blocking when our existing tackle cant even pass block worth a damn

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Agrre or disagree, maybe offer something of substance or go fuck yourself, asshole.

  • Bilgewater D

    That’s the point. They didn’t have the cap room. They’re making the room.

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