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Report: Dolphins would be interested in Eugene Monroe if he hits the market

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The Ravens would like to lock Monroe up before free agency begins.

The Dolphins would be interested Eugene Monroe if he hits the free agent market.
The Dolphins would be interested Eugene Monroe if he hits the free agent market.
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There appears to be at least one suitor that would compete with Baltimore for Eugene Monroe's services if he hits the free agent market.

According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins would probably pursue Monroe if he becomes available. Monroe is set to become a free agent after finishing the final season of his rookie contract. The Ravens traded fourth and fifth-round draft picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars midseason to acquire him.

The Herald's Barry Jackson wrote, "Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he’s 'very optimistic' about keeping Monroe. But a deal wasn’t imminent as of Tuesday afternoon. And though Monroe’s wife is from Baltimore, Monroe likes Florida and has friends in South Florida. The Dolphins would have a legitimate shot if he makes it to free agency."

Monroe is certainly one of Baltimore's priorities in free agency. With Terrell Suggs locked up to an extension, and with the salary cap continuing to rise, it may be easier to get a deal with Monroe done. But the Ravens may be somewhat hesitant as tight end Dennis Pitta would seemingly be the one that becomes a catalyst, whether it's with the franchise tag or a long-term deal.

Either way, the Ravens should be able to get a deal done with Monroe before the free agency period begins on March 11. If not, they'll be risking the comfort of having a long-term left tackle option.