Ravens and Monroe far apart on new deal

Eugene Monroe
Dec 2, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tackle Eugene Monroe (75) in play during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jaguars 34-18. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports /

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Ravens remain far apart in contract negotiations with left tackle Eugene Monroe.

Wilson reports that while both sides are motivated to make a deal, there is a significant gap between the parties ahead of the deadline for applying the franchise tag to players.

Monroe is due to hit free agency on 11 March, and hitting him with the tag would cost $11.65 million for the season. With the team already having signed Dennis Pitta to a new deal, the team are about $27 million under the cap, so there is space for the tag, and extend the deadline to sign a long term deal until 15 July.

26-year old Monroe was rated by Pro Football Focus as the team’s highest graded lineman, and by NFL Network as the best free agent offensive tackle ahead of Branden Albert of the Kansas City Chiefs.