The Baltimore Ravens have confirmed that they have released veteran offensive tackle Eugene Monroe after the team's trade talks with the New York Giants didn't push through. Now that he's a free agent, other teams, particularly the Seattle Seahawks, can swoop in and sign him.
According to ESPN, Monroe has been kept off the field by the Ravens due to a negotiation for a trade with the Giants. This is primarily why Monroe was not able to join his teammates at this week's mandatory minicamp.
"As a coaching staff, we just kind of respond to what happens in terms of front-office type of situations, and my understanding right now is that teams are inquiring about Eugene," head coach John Harbaugh said about Monroe's absence at minicamp according to NFL.com.
"And when you're in that kind of a situation, there's possibilities of those kinds of things happening, you're pretty much obligated to pull back and not practice a guy," he added. "So that's where it's at right now, it's in [General Manager Ozzie Newsome's] hands, and we'll see where it goes."
However, since the trade talks didn't push through, the Ravens decided to release Monroe. But, it seems the veteran athlete will not be a free agent for long since various teams are reportedly interested in signing him.
One of these of course is the Giants, which can directly negotiate with Monroe regarding the terms of his contract. But another team that's looking to get him is the Seahawks. As noted by the Seattle Times, the Seahawks are hoping to build an all new offensive line for next season.
They aim to accomplish this goal by filling their roster with draft picks and reasonably-priced free agents. With Monroe on the market, Seattle can then present him an offer. However, since other teams will also be gunning on getting Monroe, a bidding war might break out and it's not clear if Seattle has enough salary cap space to match whatever offer the athlete is getting from another team.
But then again, as long as Monroe is worth it, the Seahawks will probably work out some way in order to sign him.