JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to trade starting left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens for undisclosed draft picks.
ESPN first reported the deal Tuesday night. The trade won't be official until Monroe, the eighth overall pick in the 2009 draft, passes a physical in Baltimore.
"It was shocking news," Monroe told The Associated Press. "It came out of nowhere for me. I'm just preparing to make the move. It's a fresh start."
Monroe has started 62 games over five seasons, including the team's past 30 games. He was Jacksonville's best offensive linemen this season, getting beat at times as he tried to pick up the slack for struggling guard Will Rackley.
With Monroe in the final year of his contract and the winless Jaguars clearly in the early phases of a complete rebuilding project, it made sense to trade him now and get something in return.
ESPN reported that the Jaguars would receive multiple third-day picks for Monroe in the 2014 draft.
Jacksonville will move second overall pick Luke Joeckel, who started the first four games at right tackle, to the left side.
Monroe could replace Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who has struggled this season. If he does break the starting lineup and plays well, it could mean a long-term deal for the former Virginia standout and Plainfield, N.J., native.
"I hope it works out," said Monroe, whose wife is from the Baltimore area. "I've never really been focused on a new contract. I've always just been the same guy, ready to give the best I've got and let everything work itself out."
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