On Tuesday morning, a report surfaced that the Baltimore Ravens were close to re-signing offensive lineman Eugene Monroe.
The two sides reached an agreement on Tuesday afternoon, keeping Monroe from testing the free agent market, which is good news for the Ravens, because offensive lineman are getting paid big bucks (see Rodger Saffold’s Raiders’ deal).
Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network reported the deal from inside Ravens’ headquarters.
From inside Ravens HQ: The Ravens and LT Eugene Monroe have officially agreed on a new deal.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 11, 2014
Ravens’ fans are probably happy to see their team hang on to a free agent.
Last season, the team was forced to trade wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers and had to part ways with future Hall-of-Fame safety and fan favorite Ed Reed.
This season, they have already lost defensive lineman Arthur Jones to the Indianapolis Colts.
Monroe was originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the eighth overall pick in 2009 NFL Draft.
He was traded by the Jaguars to the Ravens in October.