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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Lack of extension talk for Monroe is fine

By Paul Kuharsky

Eugene Monroe hasn’t talked about a contract extension with the Jacksonville Jaguars and he doesn’t expect to, reports Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

One reaction is to question how much the team likes him if the new regime, which has plenty of money, isn’t reaching out to a solid player who looks like he can be a staple.

I understand it though. It’s just too early.

General manager David Caldwell, coach Gus Bradley, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and, probably most significantly, offensive line coach George Yarno, hardly know Monroe yet.

Perhaps once they get to know him and find out just how good he is at what they want to do up front, then they’d approach him.

But inheriting a bad team, the brass is understandably focused on the draft now.

There is nearly a year before Monroe will be a free agent. Perhaps they will want to open extension conversations after OTAs or after minicamps or after a couple weeks of training camp.

While a lot of teams and a lot of players don’t like to hold extension conversations during the regular season, a team executive and an agent can easily do so without creating a distraction for a team.

We’ll have to see if the Jaguars are a team that’s willing to do that.

Or maybe, even if they fall in love with Monroe, they simply won’t ponder extending anyone until after the team’s actually played a full season under the new regime.

Which would be just fine.