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Ravens' news, notes and opinions on the start of free agency
When the free-agent market officially opens at 4 p.m. today, it isn’t expected to be long before the top available offensive tackles – Branden Albert (Glen Burnie), Jared Velheer and Rodger Saffold – have new homes. But what about Eugene Monroe? Four days ago, when the “tampering window” opened and representatives of free agents were allowed to start talking with teams, it seemed inevitable that Monroe would be playing his football somewhere else in 2014. By the end of the weekend, things had seemingly turned in the Ravens’ favor and it appeared that the two sides were on the right track to getting a deal done. Now, it’s anybody’s guess what will happen. The bet here is the Ravens and Monroe work something out at some point today because the continued pairing seems like a great fit for both sides. But I have little confidence in that prediction, given the events of the past couple days and the fact that the Ravens have proven many times in the past that they are not afraid to move on from a player if they don’t like what they are hearing.
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun
March 11, 2014