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 Post subject: NFR: Jags trade Monroe to Ravens for multiple 3rd day picks
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:33 am 
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 Post subject: Re: NFR: Jags trade Monroe to Ravens for multiple 3rd day pi
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:18 am 
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, the franchise’s first-round pick in 2009, to the Ravens. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Jacksonville would receive “multiple third-day draft picks” in exchange for Monroe — Day 3 of the draft includes Rounds 4 for 7. Monroe is earning nearly $4 million this season but is scheduled to be a free agent after the year.

Jacksonville used their 2013 first-round pick (No. 2 overall) on Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel. He has started all four games this season on the right side of the line, with Monroe holding down the left. Presumably, Joeckel now will slide over to Blaine Gabbert’s blindside, taking up the position he played last season for the Aggies.

Baltimore, meanwhile, has had veteran Bryant McKinnie starting on the left, with Michael Oher at right tackle. Monroe almost certainly will bump McKinnie out of his job — and possibly off the roster entirely.

The trade rather clearly indicates that Jacksonville had no intention of re-signing Monroe. The 26-year-old tackle is in the final year of his deal, meaning he was a candidate for the franchise tag after 2013. Jacksonville may now consider using that provision on running back Maurice Jones-Drew, though he also could be the next player placed on the trading block by the rebuilding Jags.

The Jaguars already hold an extra fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft, courtesy of a trade with Detroit involving WR Mike Thomas. They also acquired an undisclosed pick (likely a conditional sixth- or seventh-rounder) from Seattle for DT D’Anthony Smith.

As things stand round now, Baltimore has an extra pick in the sixth round (via the Anquan Boldin trade) but no seventh-rounder — the Ravens moved that one to Indianapolis for A.Q. Shipley.

Off to an 0-4 start, the Jaguars probably are wise to start prepping for next year’s draft. Like Cleveland, which recently dealt RB Trent Richardson to acquire an extra first-rounder, Jacksonville would seem to be in the market for a new franchise quarterback — the 2014 draft class has a significant number of intriguing players that may fit the bill. Picking up a couple of extra Day 3 picks probably will not help Jacksonville land one of those elite QBs, but it should provide help in addressing the remainder of the roster or in moving into Rounds 2 or 3 for a coveted player.

Baltimore’s offense has been stuck in neutral so far this season. Coach John Harbaugh bemoaned the team’s inability to run the football after a Week 4 loss to Buffalo, in which Joe Flacco threw 50 times to just nine combined rush attempts from Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.

McKinnie played a key role in the Ravens’ Super Bowl run, stepping into the starting lineup for the playoffs. He reportedly showed up to camp overweight this summer, though, and his overall performance has slipped in recent years. Pro Football Focus currently has him rated as the No. 61 offensive tackle in football; Monroe sits at No. 55.

At first glance, this feels like another Ozzie Newsome special. The Ravens’ GM has shown a repeated knack for being able to address his team’s weaknesses without sacrificing too many future prospects. Monroe may benefit from a change of scenery, too, and could help buoy the struggling line. Newsome will face his own potential franchise-tag decisions after this season — both Monroe and Oher could hit free agency, along with TE Dennis Pitta and others.

As for Jacksonville, this is a “better than nothing” move involving a player that apparently had fallen out of the team’s plans.

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 Post subject: Re: NFR: Jags trade Monroe to Ravens for multiple 3rd day pi
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:18 am 
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Well if I had known he would go that cheaply, then I would have been much more supportive of the trade.

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 Post subject: Re: NFR: Jags trade Monroe to Ravens for multiple 3rd day pi
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:18 am 
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Yeah, with him going for 3rd day picks, I have to say that TD totally blew this. FIRE TD! ;)

Seriously though, I have to wonder if he thinks that the line is, "just fine."


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 Post subject: Re: NFR: Jags trade Monroe to Ravens for multiple 3rd day pi
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:42 pm 
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But again, the issue here is not trading for Monroe or Levi Brown, who just got dealt to the Steelers. It is the Sam Baker contract. That really prevented the trade from feasible.

Again, the Falcons are locked into Baker's deal for 3+ years. Which means if they were to acquire a player like Monroe, they would then likely move to Baker to RT. What would then happen if Baker continued to stink there? Would they bench him in favor for Trueblood or Holmes? Okay, then you have a backup that is going to eat $13 million of your cap for 2014 and 2015 combined. Do you deal Baker? Okay, you might be able to swing a trade, but you'd likely have to give him away. Clearly the market for good LTs isn't what we thought it would be if 2 (better) starters in Monroe and Brown got dealt for only 3rd day picks. So maybe you can trade him to a team that is in desperate need for a starting LT for a conditional 6th or 7th round pick. You pissed away all that money and basically got a ST player in exchange.

The one way this works out for the Falcons is if they were to trade for Monroe, he would be a clear upgrade at LT, and Baker would kick over to RT and play well, and then maybe 3 years from now, Lamar Holmes is on the verge of FA, and the Falcons re-sign him to a long-term deal and dump Baker and it's a smooth transition.

This is what it means when every personnel move has consequences. And if/when you invest $20+ million in a player over 3 years, you better be damn sure he's worth that investment. Otherwise, you're going to be screwed for that period of time at that position. The Falcons pass rush stinks today because the Falcons missed on Jamaal Anderson, Peria Jerry, and Ray Edwards. Brent Grimes is playing well in Miami because the Falcons missed on Dunta Robinson, but also Chris Houston, DeAngelo Hall (in terms of meriting a 2nd contract), and Jason Webster and Tyrone Williams in FA. That's why Desmond Trufant was our #1 pick this year. And if Trufant doesn't turn into a good player, then in 2015 or whenever the Falcons will have to make another big move at the spot.

This is why the GM needs to be under the most scrutiny. Personnel moves that occurred in 2013 had roots in moves made a decade ago. They have long-lasting consequences, good and bad.

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 Post subject: Re: NFR: Jags trade Monroe to Ravens for multiple 3rd day pi
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Baker isn't terrible when he's healthy. And it almost pains me to say that. The problem for him is staying healthy.


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 Post subject: Re: NFR: Jags trade Monroe to Ravens for multiple 3rd day pi
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:53 pm 
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The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Ravens will explore trading McKinnie. I know that McKinnie has had his problems with weight but he has more talent than any O-Lineman on the roster.

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