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Ravens release Eugene Monroe after failing to trade him

Ravens release Eugene Monroe after failing to trade him

OWINGS MILLS - The Ravens have decided to release left tackle Eugene Monroe, after failing to find a trade partner for him, CSN has confirmed.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday afternoon.

The decision to release Monroe was hardly a surprise.

The former first-round draft pick by the jaguars in 2009 has missed 17 of 34 games during the regular season or playoffs over the past two years in Baltimore.

Monroe only started and finished three games last season, and once the Ravens drafted left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the No. 6 overall pick, Monroe became even more expendable.

The Giants reportedly were interested in trading for Monroe, but a deal could not be finalized.

Now that Monroe will be a free agent, the Giants, Seahawks, and Chargers are among teams that might be interested in signing him.

The Ravens save $6.5 million in salary cap space by cutting Monroe, who had already made the $17.5 million in guaranteed money from the contract he signed in 2014.

Meanwhile, the Ravens will bank on Stanley making a quick transition from college star to NFL starter.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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