When ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news that the Ravens acquired left tackle Eugene Monroe late last night, I wrote about how much Monroe upgrades the Ravens this season. What I didn't mention was how Monroe can be a long-term answer for the Ravens.
Monroe is 26 years old. He was selected 15 picks before Michael Oher in the 2009 draft. And, like Oher, he is in a contract year.
The Ravens aren't giving him a new deal now but they could eventually extend him, according to CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora. If the Ravens have to choose between Oher and Monroe, you have to keep Monroe. It comes down to this: Monroe can solidify the most important position on the offensive line and Oher proved he can't by his play on the "Blind Side" over the years.
So, this trade provides an immediate boost and the potential to pay dividends for years to come.
Here's the rest of your Monroe-filled wake-up caw ...
In his first comments on the trade, Monroe told the Associated Press that "it was shocking news." Monroe added, "It came out of nowhere for me. I'm just preparing to make the move. It's a fresh start."
Monroe is headed on a flight Wednesday morning to take his physical and complete the trade, according to NFL Network.
Pete Prisco, of CBS Sports, believes the trade may be the spark that the Ravens' offensive line needs. "Monroe will play next to left guard Kelechi Osemele, who was also on my All-Prisco team, but has yet to play up to expectations," Prisco wrote. "If those two can get it going, the Ravens line could be back to the way it played in the postseason last year."
The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel thinks Monroe will be an impressive upgrade even though he has not gotten off to a good start this season. "(H)e was playing for what might be the least talented team in the NFL, one that has been outscored by 98 points in four games," Vensel said. "He allowed one sack and 15 total pressures. Maybe a change of scenery -- and a change of quarterbacks -- will get him back on track."
Monroe is the youngest of 16 children, according to Comcast SportsNet. Can any one of them play tight end?
And, to end the wake-up caw on the right note, here's kicker Justin Tucker belting out opera on his commercial shoot.