The Baltimore Ravens released left tackle Eugene Monroe on Wednesday and NFL teams are beginning the inquiry process including the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks have shown preliminary interest in Monroe, according to a tweet from Josina Anderson.
Since signing a five-year, $37.5 million extension in 2013, Monroe provided little return on Baltimore’s investment. He missed five games in 2014 and last season played in only six games.
After undergoing offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum, Monroe skipped organized team activities (OTAs). His fate became apparent on Tuesday, when Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monroe was being held out of the mandatory minicamp while the team looked to deal him, reportedly to the New York Giants.
“My understanding right now is that teams are inquiring about Eugene, and when you’re in that kind of a situation … you’re pretty much obligated to pull back and not practice a guy,” Harbaugh said.
Monroe’s preference is to stay at left tackle, according to Anderson.
On Thursday, Monroe released a statement saying "I will not be returning to the Ravens this season. It's never easy moving on - I love Baltimore and its fans - but this is all part of the game. Despite my current uncertainties, one thing is for sure: whatever happens in terms of my professional football career, I will never stop pushing for the League to accept medical cannabis as a viable option for pain management. I will do everything I can to ensure the generations of NFL players after me won't have to resort to harmful and addictive opioids as their only option for pain management. I've been working hard this offseason to recover from my injuries. I am cleared to play and excited to get back on the field and compete.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.