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Changes likely coming for Ravens' offensive line this offseason

As it stands, only Marshal Yanda is assured of a spot on Baltimore's offensive line.

Marshal Yanda's the only one absolutely safe on the OL entering 2014.
Marshal Yanda's the only one absolutely safe on the OL entering 2014.
David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

John Harbaugh was fairly blunt in his assertion of Baltimore's offensive line.

After a horrendous season that saw the Ravens rank 30th in rushing offense at 83 yards per game and had Joe Flacco get sacked an NFL second-worst 48 times, it's clear the Ravens need to tweak what was one of the weakest units on this year's team.

Harbaugh drove that point home on Monday, telling reporters there will be an open competition along the line this offseason, except at right guard, where Marshal Yanda is safe. He did note that Kelechi Osemele will likely find a spot on the unit either at left guard or right tackle.

"I think there will be a competitive situation pretty much at every spot on the offensive line except right guard," Harbaugh said. "We will be looking forward to getting ‘K.O.' [Kelechi Osemele] back. Whether he plays left guard or right tackle, we will have to make a determination on that. He can play either one of those spots. I would assume that he will be in that lineup somewhere, because he's that kind of a player, but he's got to come back and do it."

Harbaugh added that Michael Oher and Eugene Monroe's contracts are up, meaning there's a level of uncertainty as to what will happen with those players.

But it's been indicated in recent reports that the Ravens are looking at locking up Monroe and allowing Oher to walk.

Harbaugh had nothing but kind words for Monroe when asked about his performance after joining the team mid-season via a trade with Jacksonville. Not that he favors one over the other, but it is apparent he'd love to have Monroe back in 2014.

"I don't think there's any question that people feel like Eugene Monroe is a long-term answer at left tackle," Harbaugh said. "Everybody around the league feels that way, and he's here, he likes it here. He did a heck of a job. [Run-game coordinator] Juan [Castillo] did a heck of a job with him, for a guy coming in when he came in, and to pick up the offense and perform the way he did, it says a lot. So, whether we're able to do that or not, that will be addressed over the next couple of weeks. Like I said, I want every good player here, and he's a good player. So, I want him here."