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Monroe traded to Ravens on “pending” basis

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Jacksonville Jaguars HC Gus Bradley on trade of LT Eugene Monroe to Baltimore: “I think it worked out good for both sides.”

JACKSONVILLE – Eugene Monroe almost certainly is gone from the Jaguars.

That means Luke Joeckel is moving from right to left offensive tackle, and it also means Austin Pasztor will start at right tackle with Cameron Bradfield also competing for that role.

In a transaction Head Coach Gus Bradley on Wednesday called “pending,” the Jaguars have traded Monroe – the No. 8 overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft – to the Baltimore Ravens. Bradley did not reveal the terms of the deal.

He said the trade likely will be finalized Thursday.

“Eugene Monroe is a really good player and a really good person,” Bradley said Wednesday in a brief meeting with reporters to discuss the trade as the Jaguars (0-4) prepared to play the St. Louis Rams (1-3) at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis Sunday at 1 p.m.

“He always has been good to me. Through this whole process, I have nothing but great things to say for him. The team feels the same way.”

Bradley added, “I think it worked out good for both sides.”

Bradley said there were no other trades currently in the works.

“I addressed that,” Bradley said, adding of Jaguars players, “If they think that, how can you blame them? But right now, there are no moves. We have nothing pending, nothing going on, and that’s how it is. I wish I could alleviate that from some of the players, but in the NFL – a business like this just popped up.

“I understand that, but what I asked of them is just to come back, concentrate, get back to focus and, ‘Let’s go to work.’’’

Bradley said he became aware of the trade Tuesday. He said he addressed the team about the trade Wednesday morning.

“We acknowledged it,” he said. “I know some places maybe it’s not even talked about. That’s not how we approach it. We brought it up to the team. We talked about it. I explained it as best I could to them. We wish him the best and it gives opportunity for others now.”

Monroe, 26, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following this season.

The Jaguars selected offensive Joeckel from Texas A&M with the No. 2 overall selection in this past April’s NFL Draft. Joeckel, a left tackle in college, had played right tackle in the first four games of the regular season, with Monroe staying on the left side.

“I talked to him a little bit last night,” Joeckel said of Monroe. “I was just seeing how he was doing. I think he was in shock. He was a good friend. He brought me along. I’m thankful for that.”

Monroe, who played collegiately at the University of Virginia, started 62 of 65 career games in a little more than four seasons with the Jaguars.

Pasztor started three games at guard last season and had been active three games this season. Bradfield started 12 games at right tackle last season.

Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell has said often since his hiring in January that the team plans to build through the draft in an effort to build a team that win on a sustained basis for the long term.

“I’ve got a lot of faith in Dave, but it was open communication throughout,” Bradley said.

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