“I’m only 29 and I still have the physical ability to play at a very high level, so I know that my decision to retire may be puzzling to some. But I am thinking of my family first right now — and my health and my future,” Monroe wrote. “The last 18 years have been full of traumatic injuries to both my head and my body. I’m not complaining, just stating a fact. Has the damage to my brain already been done? Do I have CTE? I hope I don’t, but over 90% of the brains of former NFL players that have been examined showed signs of the disease. I am terrified.”
Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that veteran LT Eugene Monroe is retiring from the NFL.
- A GM told Mike Freeman of B/R that Monroe had interest from a minimum of 5-6 NFL teams.
Last we heard, Monroe was speaking with a few teams, but planned to take his time finding his next opportunity.
“After the Ravens released me, some interest sprung up,” Monroe said. “We’ve been in discussions with a few teams, but this is very new. I’ve been released and it’s been just a short amount of time since that happened. I’m weighing my options right now. I don’t feel like I have to jump on one of the first opportunities that come up.”
Reports have said that Monroe turned down an offer from the Giants, due to their preference to have him play right tackle. The Seahawks, 49ers and Panthers were also tossed out as teams to watch for Monroe.
Monroe, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Jaguars back in 2009. He spent four years in Jacksonville before he was traded to the Ravens for 2014 fourth- and fifth-round picks.
Monroe was in the third year of his five-year, $37.5 million contract that included $19 million guaranteed when the Ravens cut him in a move that freed up $6.5 million in cap space.
His 2015 season came to an end with him appearing in just six games for the Ravens and played 319 total snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.
We have him featured in our Best Available Free Agents list.