Jan 23, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) signs autographs at practice for the 2014 Pro Bowl at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens News: Daily Views From The Sky 3/4/14

Eugene Monroe, Baltimore Ravens far apart in talks

Kevin Patra, NFL.com

If Monroe hits the open market, there will be no shortage of suitors looking to sign the 26-year-old offensive tackle with 73 starts under his belt.

Locking up Monroe, Around The League’s No. 4 overall free agent and top offensive tackle, became the top priority after the team agreed with tight end Dennis Pitta to a five-year contract extension.

Ravens wisely don’t use tag on Monroe

Jamison Hensley, ESPN.com

The deadline to use the franchise tag passed Monday at 4 p.m. ET, and the Baltimore Ravens didn’t put one on offensive tackle Eugene Monroe. It was a wise move.

The Ravens certainly need a left tackle, and Monroe proved to be a quality blocker on Joe Flacco’s blind side. The problem is Monroe wasn’t worth the tag. The Ravens would have paid Monroe $11.6 million in 2014, which represents a huge chunk of the team’s available salary-cap space.

Late For Work 3/3: Chances Ravens Land These 9 Free Agents

Sarah Ellison, BaltimoreRavens.com

he Ravens have set themselves up nicely for free agency:

Pitta/Suggs deals PLUS Leach/McClain cuts PLUS Increased salary cap = about $26-plus million to spend.

The final numbers on the Dennis Pitta deal have not been released yet, so that $26 million figure could rise. However much it does rise, the Ravens have already been dubbed one of the potential “big spenders” in free agency this offseason by NFL.com.

“The Ravens should be more active in free agency, although they won’t be writing checks like the Washington Redskins,” added ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “Baltimore has plenty of holes: offensive tackle (left and right), center, wide receiver, tight end, inside linebacker and free safety.

Also in that same article Ellison listed the most hated players in the NFL and Suggs was one of them.

1. Michael Vick
2. Ndamukong Suh
3. Ben Roethlisberger
4. Mark Sanchez
5. Terrell Suggs
6. Dez Bryant
7. Jay Cutler
8. Darrelle Revis
9. Marshawn Lynch
10. Chris Johnson


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