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There have been a number of reports that Eugene Monroe is unlikely to stay in Baltimore. Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times broke down the numbers, conveying the numbers at the negotiating table, saying, "According to a source, Monroe wants a long-term contract worth around $10 million annually. Baltimore wants Monroe for closer to $8 million or $9 million annually."
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport (via Chris Wesseling of NFL.com) confirmed that impasse in contract talks, reporting that no progress has been made on signing Monroe to a long-term deal.
In a vacuum, this buzz would certainly mean that Monroe wouldn’t be re-signed, but the previous rumor—and news of the offensive tackle market around the league—means that Monroe may have a hard time finding any team willing to pay him the $10 million salary he’s looking for.
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reveals where all the tackles will be when the dust settles:
Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins for an average of $9.5 million annually.
St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders for roughly $8 million per year, but he is still in talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Jared Veldheer is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals for between $7 million and $7.5 million.
Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins is expected to sign with the Buccaneers for between $6.5 million to $7 million provided that he doesn't re-sign with the Bengals.
With all of the tackle-needy teams finding a partner on the market, Monroe’s market will be a lot softer than he was expecting.
If that’s the case, he’ll end up in Baltimore—if only because there’s nowhere else to go.