Ravens acquire OT Monroe from Jaguars

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Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe is going from one of the worst teams in the NFL to the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

Pending a physical, the Jacksonville Jaguars will trade Monroe to the Ravens for multiple mid-round draft picks.

Monroe, the eighth overall pick in the 2009 draft, has started 62 of 65 career games with the Jaguars. He is in the final year of his rookie contract and can become a free agent in March.

Monroe steps in at left tackle for the Ravens for veteran Bryant McKinnie. The Ravens are averaging 64 rushing yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry. Michael Oher is still the starter at right tackle.

Jacksonville drafted offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the second overall pick in 2013. Joeckel played left tackle at Texas A&M but began his NFL career at right tackle. The Jaguars plan to slide the rookie to left tackle to fill Monroe's shoes.

By adding two draft picks from the Ravens, in addition to a fifth-round pick from the Detroit Lions, first-year general manager David Caldwell will have 10 total picks before compensatory selections are assigned in February.
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