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Baltimore Ravens

Unable to find a taker, Ravens release offensive tackle Eugene Monroe

Unable to complete a trade for Eugene Monroe, the Ravens released the veteran offensive tackle Wednesday, ending his 2 1/2-season tenure with the team.

The parting was inevitable after Monroe was only able to start 17 of the Ravens' 34 games the past two seasons. The Ravens also drafted Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth overall pick in this year's draft, and he's in line to protect Joe Flacco's blindside.

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged Tuesday that the team was holding Monroe out of minicamp as general manager Ozzie Newsome listened to trade offers for the 29-year-old. However, the Ravens were unable to finalize a deal.

According to ESPN, a deal between the New York Giants and Ravens fell through, prompting the Ravens to release the player. Monroe is now a free agent and is free to sign with anybody.

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The Ravens immediately open up $6.5 million of salary cap savings, and the dead money ($6.6 million) from Monroe's deal will be absorbed on their salary cap this year and next.

The move comes just 26 months after the Ravens signed Monroe to a five-year, $37.5 million contract extension, and about a week after the veteran accused the team of trying to "distance themselves from me and my cause."

Monroe has been a passionate advocate for medical marijuana this offseason and has urged the league to invest money in how it can be used for the benefit of player health.


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