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Eugene Monroe Retires After Seven Seasons

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Left tackle Eugene Monroe has retired. The former University of Virginia star, was a first round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, in 2009. He played seven years in the NFL, with stops in Jacksonville and Baltimore. Monroe started 62 games in Jacksonville, with 16 consecutive starts in 2012. Monroe was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, four games into the 2013 season.

The following off-season, the Ravens signed him to a five-year, $37 million dollar deal to remain in Baltimore. Knee and ankle injuries took a toll on Monroe during 2014. He missed five regular season games, and both postseason contests. In 2015, a concussion and shoulder injury, limited Monroe to six games. The Ravens released Eugene Monroe in June.

The Baltimore Ravens are counting on sixth overall pick Ronnie Stanley, to fill the void left by Monroe’s release. Stanley was an absolute stud at Notre Dame. An All-American in 2015, Stanley started all 13 games as a senior. At 6’6 315 lbs, he’s the perfect blend of size and athleticism. Stanley is more of a technician than a mauler, but plays with excellent hand placement, and leverage.

Stanley was star athlete at Bishop Gorman high school, in Las Vegas. He even received a few Division I basketball scholarships. Stanley would have been a first round pick had he came out his junior year, but he instead returned to South Bend. The moved payed off, as he was the first offensive lineman selected in this year’s draft.

The Ravens are also courting free agent Jake Long. The former number one overall pick in 2008, has spent eight year career with the Dolphins, Rams, and Falcons. Reports surfaced that the Ravens signed the 4x Pro Bowler, but the team would like Long to pass a physical first. Long is a proven player in this league, and he can serve as a mentor to Ronnie Stanley.

Monroe had the highest salary on the Ravens roster for the upcoming season. With his injury history, and the selection of Ronnie Stanley, the Ravens deemed Monroe expendable. However, there was speculation that he was released because of his views on medical marijuana. Coach John Harbaugh has stated on several occasions, that wasn’t the case.

Monroe is known to be the first NFL player, to advocate for the usage of the drug . He believes the NFL should remove marijuana from the banned substance list.

“On March 9, 2016, I became the first active NFL player to openly advocate for the use of cannabinoids to treat chronic pain and sports-related injuries. It’s time for the NFL to change its archaic standards to better protect its players and set an example for our young athletes. For too long, I’ve watched my teammates and good friends battle with opioid addiction and leave the game with a long road still ahead; it’s time to make a change.”