Clearly unsatisfied by their offensive line play this season, the Ravens made a major move to address it Tuesday night.
Baltimore has agreed to acquire offensive tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars pending a physical, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. In return, the Ravens are expected to give up multiple draft picks, according to The Sun.
Monroe, 26, is considered one of the top 10 tackles in the league and has started 62 of his 65 games played since he was the eighth overall pick in the 2009 draft.
The trade will likely have negative ramifications for left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who has struggled so far this season while committing a number of costly penalties. McKinnie signed a two-year deal with Baltimore in May, but seems to have fallen out of favor with the team again.
After losing his starting job at the beginning of 2012, he performed well as part of a reformed offensive line during last year’s run to the Super Bowl. But the Ravens’ O-line hasn’t played well this season, ranking 28th in rushing offense and 30th in yards per carry.
A lineman the caliber of Monroe should help correct that problem.