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Eugene Monroe waiting for perfect opportunity


Former Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe is the most in-demand free agent currently left on the open market after a late spring release by the Baltimore Ravens -- but he's not rushing into any decisions.

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"After the Ravens released me, shortly after, some interest sprung up," Monroe said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday, via Comcast SportsNet Baltimore. "We've been in discussions with a few teams, but this is very new. I've been released, and it's been just a short amount of time since this happened. So I'm weighing my options right now. I don't feel like I have to jump on one of the first opportunities that come up. I'm just trying to be patient, wait on the right opportunity, and also just decide what's going to be the best move for my family. I have a wife and three children. There's a lot more at stake than simply just jumping on a deal."

Monroe wouldn't comment directly on a report that stated he was waiting for an opportunity to play left tackle -- a confusing sentiment to have in this day and age given that the myth of a true "blind side protector" has been largely exposed even if salaries have yet to catch up with the information -- but he did hint at it. Monroe said he is waiting for the perfect opportunity to come around, which is exactly what the best free agent on the market can do in late June.

"I'm waiting on the best situation for me. What that looks like, time will tell," he said. "I've been playing in this league for a long time, successfully so, especially when I've been healthy. I'm in no rush, but I'm certainly very respectful of the opportunity that I've been presented with. By no means am I purposely dragging anyone along. However, I'm going into my eighth year in the NFL, and I want to make a wise decision."

Monroe, who is an outspoken about the benefits of cannabinoids as a safer form of pain management, could be looking for the chance to see his interests align, though it's unlikely that a team would try to suppress his opinion at this point given how public Monroe has been with his stance. At this point, Monroe is 29 and a veteran of eight NFL seasons. He knows what he wants and until the moment he gets it, we won't be hearing about a new destination.


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