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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Wake-up: Ravens, Jags clear money hurdle

By Jamison Hensley

The Baltimore Ravens inched closer to finalizing their trade for offensive tackle Eugene Monroe after settling a financial agreement with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

According to The Baltimore Sun, the Ravens will only have to pay $547,000 of the remaining $2.91 million left on Monroe's $3.8 million base salary for this season. The Jaguars will pick up the remaining $2.3 million. This allows the Ravens, who had only $1.2 million in salary-cap space, to fit Monroe under the cap without having to cut or restructure a contract.

How did the sides come up with $547,000? It's the veteran minimum ($715,000) pro-rated over the final 13 weeks of the regular season.

The Florida Times-Union reported earlier Wednesday that the Ravens will send two picks, one in the fourth and fifth rounds of the 2014 draft, to Jacksonville for Monroe. He flew into Baltimore Wednesday night and is scheduled to take a physical on Thursday, the final step to complete the trade.

Coach John Harbaugh would not say whether Monroe would be able to play Sunday at Miami, and Monroe would only get two full practices in with the Ravens if he can pass his physical before 1:45 p.m. ET Thursday. Monroe is known to be a smart player, but it seems like a big challenge to cram the offensive playbook in that short period of time.

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