There have grumblings as of late about Baltimore Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe and the amount of injuries he has sustained over the past two seasons with the team. Monroe's latest injury is with his shoulder and is currently listed as doubtful to play in week 8 against the San Diego Chargers.
Monroe earlier this season missed three games after getting a concussion in the first quarter in week 1 against the Denver Broncos.
Go back to last year and Monroe missed four games in the first-eight weeks of the 2014 season due to having knee surgery and to follow it up he missed the final three games of the season including two playoff games due to an ankle injury.
Monroe signed a five year 37.5 million dollar deal during the 2014 offseason and it is safe to say that the Ravens haven't gotten the kind of investment they want out of him. Some have even speculated trading away Monroe like Sports Illustrated' Peter King alluded to earlier this month.
I don't agree with trading away Monroe. Yes, he hasn't been as reliable as many would like. But when healthy, Monroe is a quality starting left tackle. In this league, it is becoming harder and harder to come by to find a good left tackle.
The Ravens have a lot of issues in terms of personnel and they don't need to make matters worse by trading Monroe away and creating another need in the NFL draft next season.
The Ravens already have a tough decision to make with left guard Kelechi Osemele as he is set to be an unrestricted free agent next season.
If Monroe and Osemele were to leave, that would mean that the Ravens would lose their entire starting left side of their offensive line entering the 2016 season.
The Ravens shouldn't go through that. The Ravens have had enough revolving doors in terms of personnel over the past four seasons to last a lifetime. They need to have a plan and stick with it. I think they keep Monroe.