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Monday, March 10, 2014
Wake-up caw: Will Ravens keep Monroe?

By Jamison Hensley

Less than a week ago, The Baltimore Sun reported that the Baltimore Ravens and free-agent offensive tackle Eugene Monroe remained far apart in negotiations. On Sunday, sources tell The Sun that there is "optimism" that an agreement can be reached.

What changed? It looks like Monroe lost the offensive tackle's version of musical chairs. According to the paper, Kansas City's Branden Albert is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins, St. Louis' Rodger Saffold is headed for the Oakland Raiders, Oakland's Jared Veldheer is being targeted by the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati's Anthony Collins is likely to go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Ravens couldn't have asked for a better scenario, if it works out this way. It would take out Miami and Arizona, two teams who were expected to spend top dollar for a left tackle, and it could lower Monroe's price tag for the Ravens. After what has been a troublesome offseason, perhaps the Ravens are due for some good luck to start free agency.

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