Prioritizing the Ravens' free agents
NFL free agency begins on March 11, kicking off a spending spree the Ravens aren't likely to be a major part of. They are more likely to focus on keeping some of their own free agents, a task they have already started to take on. But they won't be able to keep all of them. So who should be the priority?
In this week's Five for Friday, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel ranks, in order, the five Ravens free agents the team should prioritize based on team need, cost and productivity.
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1. Left tackle Eugene Monroe( Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun / December 30, 2013 )
Monroe stabilized the left tackle position after the Ravens acquired him through a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars midway through the 2013 season. Now, with both Monroe and right tackle Michael Oher set to become free agents, left tackle is both a premium position and one of need. The Ravens might be able to draft a talented tackle prospect with their first-round pick, but if Monroe wants to stick around -- and indications are that he does -- the Ravens should make him the priority. Protecting quarterback Joe Flacco is paramount and Monroe is already an above-average left tackle.