The Baltimore Ravens have been making some major moves this offseason. The organization has come to terms with left tackle Eugene Monroe with a five-year contract reportedly worth over $37 million.
Monroe was traded to the Ravens after Week 4 of the 2013 regular season from the Jacksonville Jaguars and has been one of the Ravens best offensive linemen ever since.
The 6’5”, 306-pound veteran was acquired to help solve the team’s offensive struggles in 2013. Keeping the left tackle in Baltimore was the next thing on the list for the Ravens after having already re-signed linebacker Terrell Suggs and tight end Dennis Pitta.
The team has had their share of offensive linemen come and go over the years. It was important for the Ravens to keep Monroe on the roster in hopes of making him have as much of an impact on the offense as former Raven and Hall of Fame left tackle Jonathan Ogden.
The Ravens offensive line was ranked as one of the worst in the NFL at the end of the 2013 regular season, allowing 48 sacks through 16 games. The running back unit was also held to an average of only 3.1 yards per carry last season.
Now that Monroe has had a year to become accustomed to the team’s style of play, he will make a dramatic difference as a leader on offense. Having a strong player on the offensive line to stop the pass rush and block for the rush is exactly what the Ravens needed to target this offseason.
While the Ravens ate up a good bit of their cap space, it was inevitable that the team had to make this decision. Both Monroe and the Ravens organization will benefit greatly from the new deal.