Both the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants are reportedly showing "preliminary interest" in OT Eugene Monroe, per Josina Anderson of ESPN. Monroe was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday.
Anderson states that Monroe's preference is to stay at left tackle, with both the 49ers and Giants needing help at right tackle. The 49ers have had Erik Pears practicing at right tackle for a lot of the the team's offseason program.
Monroe's preference is to stay at LT, which does not perfectly match the teams expressing the most interest at this time w/ needs at RT.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 16, 2016
Bottom line, Eugene Monroe has some time to evaluate his situation before taking his first visit or making any final decisions.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 16, 2016
The Ravens released Monroe when a trade with the New York Giants fell through on Wednesday. Baltimore found a replacement for Monroe when they used their first-round draft pick on Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley.
Monroe, who is listed at 6-5 and 300 pounds, appeared in just six games in 2015 as he recovered from a concussion and shoulder injury. During his eight-year career, Monroe has appeared in all 16 games just once. That was in 2012. Although, he likely would have done so again in 2013 if he didn't miss his first game with the Ravens following a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to 2014, Monroe never missed more than one game in a season.
Monroe was drafted out of Virginia with the eighth over selection in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jaguars.