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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The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston thinks the Ravens should keep offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie even though they just traded for Monroe. "Unless they get some blockbuster offer, I wouldn't trade McKinnie if I was in their shoes," Preston said. "The Ravens have little depth at tackle and rookie Rick Wagner has already proven he isn't ready to start. It's still a long season, so the Ravens need as much depth as possible." The Dolphins, Broncos, Packers and Seahawks all need a left tackle, but they would have to be really desperate to want a 34-year-old lineman who has issues with his weight and a celebrator vehicle (aka, the party bus).
John Eisenberg, of the team's website, says the Ravens are not fooling around with their acquisition of Monroe. It cost the team draft picks and put them up against the salary cap. But this would still be small compensation if Monroe turns out to be the long-term answer at left tackle.
Linebacker Terrell Suggs said he has no regrets over his criticism of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on ESPN's E:60 show that aired Tuesday. "Do I stand 100 percent by everything I said? Yeah," Suggs said, via Comcast SportsNet. "Is it relevant? Is it important? No. So, the only thing I’m really focused on right now is a very good Miami Dolphins team.” Asked if he had received a phone call from Goodell, Suggs said, “No, not yet. But I didn’t say anything he didn’t already know.”
There's been a lot of focus on running back Ray Rice getting just five carries Sunday. But he was also ignored in the passing game. Joe Flacco targeted Rice just once on 50 pass attempts, and it was a odd jump ball toss to the 5-foot-8 running back in the back of the end zone. "We need to get Ray involved, in every single way -- the pass game, run game, every single way," Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun. "It’s definitely going to be important for us. We want to do it every week and obviously we didn’t do a good job of that last Sunday.”