It looks like the Jacksonville Jaguars are going into fire-sale mode, as they’ve just traded arguably their best veteran offensive lineman in Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens. Less than a day later, the Pittsburgh Steelers acquired Arizona Cardinals OT Levi Brown.
The deal was completed last night, and now we’re seeing the details regarding the salary cap implications of the trade:
Final note on the trades. Ravens came into the week w/$1.2M in cap space (Monroe counts $715k) and Steelers w/$1.9M (Browns counts $840K)
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 3, 2013
As the starting left tackle for the Jaguars, Monroe is one of the better players at his position in the league, as he’s started 58 games at LT since being selected with the eighth overall pick in 2009. He’s been lost among a terrible Jags roster, and hopefully, his true value and potential will be on display in a new setting with a much more stable organization.
Monroe is in the final year of his contract, and the Jaguars used the second overall pick in the April draft on Luke Joeckel. The plan is for Joeckel, a natural left tackle, to play right tackle in 2013, but perhaps he’ll be moved to his natural position now that Monroe is in Baltimore.
Monroe did not miss a snap in 2012 while starting all 16 games for the first time in his career.