Now a free agent, Monroe shouldn’t wait long to find a new home. The Seahawks need depth at tackle, while the Giants could try to swipe him up after failing to swap for Monroe.
While the Ravens are determined to start first-round pick Ronnie Stanley at left tackle, Monroe, 29, can still play. He started just six games last year due to a shoulder injury, but the veteran has started 90 games since the Jaguars made him the eighth overall pick in 2009 NFL Draft.
“Our 27 sessions to our rookies through our player engagement program review and teach life management and life lessons,” the Ravens wrote in a statement. “Rice, who played for the Ravens from 2008-2014, delivered an important message that included his story, both the good and the bad. He clearly had the attention of our rookies.”
Rice has not played in the NFL for more than two years after he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and cheap jerseys and released by the Ravens in September 2014 after a video emerged of Rice punching his now-wife in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino elevator. Initially, Rice was suspended two games by the league for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after his February 2013 arrest on a simple assault charges.
Forsett’s workload dropped from 14 carries in Week 2 to seven the following week. In a loss to the Oakland Raiders this past weekend, he was inactive as Terrance West continued to gobble up a bigger opportunity in the offense. Against Oakland, West went for 113 yards and a touchdown.
As the Ravens anxiously await the arrival of rookie Kenneth Dixon, who has yet to take the field thanks to a knee injury toward the end of the preseason, they decided they no longer had the roster space and resources to devote to Forsett, a 30-year-old who emerged from obscurity to pace Baltimore’s offense back in 2014.
Forsett is “the clear lead dog” in this race while Allen showed promise as a rookie. Even West — another Cleveland washout — has generated sneaky praise “as the Ravens’ most explosive offensive player” during training camp.”
Richardson battled injuries, excess weight and conditioning issues all offseason — and for years, really — prompting Ravens coach John Harbaugh to say in June: “When he gets himself (in shape), he’s got talent. I’m very certain he’ll get there. And when he does, we’ll be able to evaluate him.”
Re-signing the running back has been alluded to since Forsett was released. The 30-year-old running back was set to make $3 million in 2016. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Forsett inked a two-year deal worth $6 million — nearly identical to what was left on his previous deal. Rapoport adds if Forsett eclipses 2015’s rush yards, he’ll receive a $100,000 incentive.
By cutting Forsett, the Ravens were able to carry defensive lineman Carl Davis and safety Matt Elam on their initial 53-man roster. Both Davis and Elam were then put on injured reserve Monday, making them eligible for the one “designated to return” label in the middle of the season (if a player is placed on IR prior to being on the 53-man roster he becomes ineligible for the return designation).
Call Justin Tucker what he is: Baltimore’s unquestioned MVP in 2016. While Bengals kicker Mike Nugent missed his third PAT in two weeks, Tucker immaculately pegged field goals of 52, 54 and 57 yards before the break — making him the first player in NFL history to hit three kicks of 50-plus yards in the first half of a game. Worth every penny (and more) of his four-year, $16.8 million deal, Tucker’s money-in-bank leg has repeatedly saved this touchdown-averse offense. Sunday’s heroics made Tucker a perfect 27-for-27 on field goals and 14-14 on PATs on the year.