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Baltimore Ravens LT Eugene Monroe Released, The Ronnie Stanley Era Begins

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens officially cut Eugene Monroe today.

Monroe was absent at mandatory minicamp yesterday and it was said that the Ravens were looking to get rid of the veteran lineman. It seemed that Ozzie was trying to trade Monroe for draft picks, as, while injury prone Monroe is a quality offensive tackle. The Giants were in talks with the Ravens about getting Monroe via trade, but Ozzie clearly did not get the deal he wanted.

As a result, Newsome made the decision to cut Monroe. The Ravens did not seem to pleased with Monroe's medical marijuana for NFL players campaign. On top of this, the Ravens just spent their highest draft pick in years on a left tackle.

With Monroe gone, the Ronnie Stanley era begins for the Ravens. Before now, it seemed that Stanley would play left guard, similar to Jonathan Ogden early in his career. With Stanley now the presumptive starter at tackle, the job to replace Kelechi Osemele at guard is now wide open. Alex Lewis, John Urschel, and Ryan Jensen will battle for that role. To me, Alex Lewis should be the favorite. Lewis was very productive at Nebraska. Plus, the Ravens spent a fourth round pick on him, showing they don't have too much confidence in Urschel or Jensen.