The Baltimore Ravens view Eugene Monroe as their long-term solution to the left tackle position. After all, that is why they pulled the trigger when they traded for him with Jacksonville back in October, right? Well, if Ozzie Newsome and the Baltimore Ravens want to keep Monroe on the roster heading into next season, they better be willing to open up their check books.
In a recent interview with Glenn Clark of 1570 WSNT – a local radio station in Baltimore – Monroe said that he will is not interested in entertaining any discounts from the Ravens. Monroe, who attended college just south of Baltimore at the University of Virginia said that he has no interest in being a “Costco or Walmart.”
“Everyone in the business should understand, even coaches when they’re going through their deals negotiating contracts, you have to get the absolute best because you put forth your best effort all the time, every single day in this league,” Monroe stated. “So there are definitely no discounts, and you have to have you and your family’s best interests at heart in terms of negotiating these deals.”
General Manager Ozzie Newsome came out saying that Monroe is high on the Ravens list and that they are talking to “several” players about their contract situations. If the Ravens want to keep Monroe on their roster they shouldn’t expect him to come at any sort of discount. Monroe has made it clear that he is not willing to take a pay-cut and would have no problem testing the open market this offseason.
If Monroe is a part of this organization next season he will definitely have a huge role in the offense. With the Ravens giving Joe Flacco a monster deal last year, you would expect them to do whatever it takes to protect their investment.
Monroe, who has been in the National Football League since 2010 has been often regarded as one of the better young offensive tackles in the league.
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