Ravens sitting Monroe while they try to trade him
The Ravens are holding offensive tackle Eugene Monroe out of minicamp practices because they’re trying to trade him, Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters Tuesday.
Harbaugh said “teams are inquiring” about Monroe, an eight-year veteran who’s been the team’s left tackle when healthy since the Ravens acquired him in a 2013 trade.
The Ravens drafted offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley in the first round, in part because Monroe has missed 15 games over the last two seasons due to injury.
Harbaugh said Monroe’s status will be determined by Ozzie Newsome, who has final control of the team’s roster. If the Ravens can’t work out a trade it’s likely that Monroe will be cut. Although he’s under contract through 2018 and is due to make $6.5 million in 2016, the only guaranteed money left on the five-year deal he signed two years ago is guaranteed for injury. So, it’s an easy decision to sit Monroe while the team works things out.
Monroe tweeted last the week that the “Ravens continue to distance themselves from me and my cause.” He’s been an outspoken proponent of the NFL removing medical marijuana from its list of banned substances.