The Baltimore Ravens are reportedly releasing left tackle Eugene Monroe leading to speculation that the Seahawks could be among the teams interested in pursuing him.
Baltimore Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe was officially released Wednesday, which has led to speculation — including from ESPN.com — that the Seahawks could be among the teams interested in signing him.
Monroe had a $6.5 million salary coming his way in 2016 from the Ravens. But teams now would be free to offer him whatever they wish to try to get him aboard.
The 29-year-old has battled injuries the past few seasons playing in just 17 of a possible 32 games in 2014 and 2015.
But when healthy he has often been considered among the better left tackles in the NFL.
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As has been well-chronicled, the Seahawks are remaking their offensive line this season, and the plan for now is to have third-year vet Garry Gilliam be the left tackle this season to replace Russell Okung, who signed as a free agent with Denver.
The Seahawks seem enthused about the move and long-term potential of Gilliam, and also have three rookies they have high hopes for along the offensive line as well as having made a few other moves this year that Seattle coaches seem to think will prevent some of the struggles of a year ago.
And building through the draft has been Seattle’s preferred route on the offensive line the last few years.
The Seahawks have not spent significant money on an outside free agent on the offensive line since signing Robert Gallery to a three-year, $15 million deal in 2011. The move didn’t work real well and Gallery was released less than a year later.
Since then, Seattle has largely seemed content to build through the draft or with lower-priced free agents on short-term deals, such as this year’s signing of projected right tackle J’Marcus Webb to a two-year deal worth $5.75 million.
If Monroe were to elicit any sort of a bidding war, then precedent and the way the Seahawks have built their line for this season would appear to indicate Seattle wouldn’t be the most likely next destination for Monroe.
But the Seahawks’ general philosophy on any free agent is that they will “do their due diligence’’ to see if he could be a salary and playing-style fit (Monroe is regarded as a good zone blocker, which is also Seattle’s primary scheme, and it’s worth noting any free agent signing at this point would not potentially cost a compensatory draft pick in 2017).
So it wouldn’t be a surprise if Seattle took a look. How long of one is harder to know.