The Ravens have finally acted on their offensive issues. Many were hoping that the big acquisition would come in the form of a new weapon for Joe Flacco, but instead Ozzie Newsome and company got Flacco an even better present, protection. It was no secret that left tackle Bryant McKinnie was struggling mightily through the first four games of the season, but there was no other solution on the roster or in free agency. Newsome took action by acquiring the Jaguars starting left tackle and former top ten pick from the 2009 draft, Euguene Monroe. Monroe was considered expendable after the Jaguars took tackle Luke Joeckel with the second overall pick in this year’s draft. That is not to say that Monroe isn’t good, but more of an indication that the new regime felt that they had their future left tackle in Joeckel and this deal made sense at this time as they rebuild.
The Ravens gave up a fourth and fifth round pick in the upcoming draft in return for Monroe, but that is not a big deal, as they will be receiving multiple compensatory draft picks for all the free agents they lost. Monroe has one year left on his rookie deal and his salary is very cap friendly. At this point in time Monroe has a 12 game tryout, and possibly more if the team makes the playoffs, to prove that he deserves a nice payday. For the Ravens, they have upgraded a position that has the most value on the roster after quarterback, and only time will tell if this deal pans out. Until then, this trade looks like another brilliant decision by Newsome.