The Baltimore Ravens made a bold move today by re-signing Eugene Monroe. The LT position is one that has bothered the Ravens for years since Jonathan Ogden retired and Jared Gaither left town. Now that the Ravens have locked up Monroe, they have continuity at the position for years to come.
Monroe’s deal is reportedly worth $37.5 million, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. That equals out to be $7.5 per year. When the Ravens brought Monroe in midseason last year, the idea was to keep him long term and send Michael Oher packing.
We all sensed a changing of the guard and now that the deal is done, we all know that Oher will likely not be re-signed. While Oher may have been part of the controversy, he was already an afterthought for the organization.
Now that Monroe has the money out of the way, he needs to focus on protecting Joe Flacco’s blind side. Last year, Flacco was sacked a whopping 48 times and hit 91 times. While the majority of those sacks was due to Oher not handling business at the RT position, Monroe deserves some of the blame as well. Protection against the pass-rush was not where it needed to be last season, and the entire O-line is well aware of it.
Baltimore still has a great deal of work to do either in free agency or the NFL draft to put players in place who can carry this team back on top where it belongs, but this move could be the beginning of another era in great pass protection.