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Saturday, March 8, 2014
ChatRewind: Backup plan at left tackle

By Jamison Hensley

In our weekly Baltimore Ravens chat, there was a lot of talk about free agent offensive tackle Eugene Monroe and the Ravens' plans at left tackle. For a full transcript, just click here. Here are the highlights:

John (Annapolis): If Eugene Monroe signs somewhere else for ridiculous money, what is Ravens back-up plan at left tackle?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): You're not going to like it, but one contingency plan is re-signing Michael Oher and putting him at left tackle. Another option is moving left guard Kelechi Osemele to left tackle. I also wouldn't rule out a less expensive signing like Anthony Collins. He played really well last season for the Bengals but he has one year as a starter.

Mike (Augusta, Ga.): I see wide receiver Lance Moore was just released from New Orleans. Any interest in him and a possibility for the Ravens?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): As Ozzie Newsome put it, the Ravens want a wide receiver who can convert third downs and make yards after the catch. Last season, Moore averaged 1.7 yards after the catch, the worst in the NFL. He doesn't fit the Ravens' profile.

Frantz (Odenton, Md.): Is Monroe playing hardball because he knows a team like the Dolphins will overpay him?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I wouldn't necessarily describe it as hardball. From his perspective, it's just being smart. It makes no sense for him personally to sign a deal before free agency when the Dolphins and Cardinals are expected to spend big money on offensive tackles. Tough situation for Ravens, but a good one for Monroe.

Elijah (Indiana): What are the chances the Ravens sign Jason Avant to and one- or two-year deal?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I like Avant as a third or fourth receiver, not a starting one. He's never caught more than 53 passes in a season and he's had four TDs in his past four seasons.

Nate (Richmond, Va.): If Champ Bailey is healthy could he be a viable option at free safety for the Ravens?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I like the idea in theory, but not every CB can convert to safety like Rod Woodson. There is a risk involved, and Bailey seems to get banged up more each year.

Mark (U.K.): Are the Ravens letting Monroe enter free agency to seek valuation they will match or are they going a different route?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Ravens' preference is to sign Monroe before free agency begins, but that's not going to happen. The Ravens are still going to pursue Monroe, but they're not going to overpay for him. That's why they didn't put the $11M franchise tag on him.