The start of free agency is less than a week away, and the Baltimore Ravens and impending free agent left tackle Eugene Monroe remain “nowhere close” to agreeing on the terms of a long-term contract that will keep Monroe in Baltimore, according to a source.
It’s still possible a deal could be worked out, but it’s unlikely one will be agreed on before free agency starts March 11, according to the source.
That has to be frustrating for the Ravens.
They traded a fourth- and a fifth-round pick in this year’s NFL draft for Monroe in October, and members of the organization have said multiple times since the end of the season that they want the 26-year old Monroe to be their starting left tackle going forward.
Monroe has also talked before about the respect he has for Baltimore’s organization and has said he would like to work out a long-term deal to remain with the Ravens.
But it comes down to money, and another team could be willing to pay more than Baltimore is if Monroe does in fact become an unrestricted free agent next week.