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Report: Ravens' Eugene Monroe likely a free agent

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Baltimore Ravens and free-agent left tackle Eugene Monroe have made no real progress toward a new contract.

Now that Monroe escaped the franchise tag designation, he appears destined to play in another city next season.

Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times reports, via two sources close to the situation, that Monroe is "likely to leave" the Ravens in free agency.

Monroe has been seeking $10 million annually, per Zenitz, whereas the Ravens have been offering $8-9 million.

Rapoport cautions, however, that there is "a lot of ball game left" in negotiations ahead of the start of free agency on Tuesday.

On Friday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast," Gregg Rosenthal predicted that Monroe would draw the richest contract of any free agent this offseason.

Monroe ranks behind only Jairus Byrd on Around The League's list of the top 101 free agents. The league's best blind-side tackles typically earn considerably more than the highest-paid safeties.

Once Monroe hits the open market, the Dolphins are expected to be waiting with a tempting offer. The 26-year-old reportedly is new general manager Dennis Hickey's first choice to initiate a rebuilding process on Miami's tattered offensive line.

The latest "Around The League Podcast" picks the biggest free agent bargains and plays the revolutionary game: "Get my lunch."

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