Now that the Baltimore Ravens have freed up $4 million in salary-cap space with Terrell Suggs' restructured contract, general manager Ozzie Newsome can turn his attention to re-signing impending free agents Eugene Monroe and Dennis Pitta.
Newsome can't expect Monroe to settle for a hometown discount.
"Everyone in the business should understand -- even coaches when they're going through their deals negotiating contracts -- you have to get the absolute best because you put forth your best effort all the time, every single day in this league," Monroe told Glenn Clark of WNST-AM late last week. "So there are definitely no discounts, and you have to have you and your family's best interests at heart in terms of negotiating these deals."
Monroe added that he will "possibly" be a free agent, suggesting he might agree to a contract in the next few weeks.