Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Jaguars trade starting left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens

20120412-monroeIn a somewhat surprising move the jaguars traded starting left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens.  In exchange the Jaguars will get draft picks in 2014 but I haven't seen what picks they will receive, however multiple reports are saying a couple of late picks.  So why would the Jaguars  trade a top 10 pick who had played well for them?  Eugene is a free agent at the end of this year and my guess is he wanted out.  While this would make sense the Jaguars could place the franchise tag on him, making him worth a first round pick if another team was to sign him.  So why would David Caldwell trade him for a couple of late round picks?  To be fair I do need to wait to see what the Jaguars officially got for him but if it is late round picks I feel it's a bad trade.  I know this team is young and rebuilding but Monroe is a young player and along with rookie Luke Jockel they could be a solid offensive line.

For Eugene Monroe this is an early Christmas present.  He goes from one of the worst teams in the NFL to the defending Super Bowl champs.  He is also teamed up again with former teammate Daryl Smith.  Time will tell if this is a smart move for David Caldwell or if he just traded away a good player for not much in return.

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