Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/6/13
The Jaguars dealt starting left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Ravens this week for fourth- and fifth-round picks with Jacksonville assuming $2.35 million of Monroe's salary and the Ravens paying $547000. The Browns hearing of the Ravens nearing a deal for Monroe reached out to the Jaguars late and asked of their interest in a player (believed to be receiver Greg Little or right tackle Mitchell Schwartz) but were told the Jaguars had no interest in the player at that point that trade was essentially complete sources said. Monroe was not shopped around -- this deal came together between two teams virtually exclusively similar to the Browns trade of Trent Richardson to the Colts -- and if the Browns were given the opportunity to work more diligently at trade talks would have been willing to part with a second-day pick and assume the remainder of Monroe's deal sources said. They valued Monroe very highly as a long-term answer at right tackle -- they already have All Pro Joe Thomas entrenched on the left side -- and unlike the Ravens have no salary cap bind so assuming the full remainder of his contract would not have been prohibitive. The Browns also may have been willing to do something with Cardinals left tackle Levi Brown but similarly the Cardinals were not actively shopping Brown or making it widely known he was available. It seems more than ever the onus must be on any interested team to make inquires as to the availability of potential trade talks.
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