November 8, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tackle Eugene Monroe (75) blocks during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Looks like the Jacksonville Jaguars are going into fire-sale mode, as they’ve just traded arguably their best veteran offensive lineman in Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens:
As the starting left tackle for the Jaguars, Monroe is one of the better players at his position in the league, as he’s started 58 games at LT since being selected with the eighth overall pick in 2009.
Monroe is in the final year of his contract, and the Jaguars used the second overall pick in the April draft on Luke Joeckel. The plan is for Joeckel, a natural left tackle, to play right tackle in 2013, but perhaps he’ll be moved to his natural position now that Monroe is in Baltimore.
Monroe did not miss a snap in 2012 while starting all 16 games for the first time in his career. This certainly upgrades a fairly average Ravens offensive line, and he could become a key player in future Bengals-Ravens matchups when he goes up against Carlos Dunlap and/or Michael Johnson.