According to a report, the San Francisco 49ers, as well as the Seattle Seahawks, are interested in left tackle Eugene Monroe.
Monroe was released last week by the Baltimore Ravens. Monroe has struggled the past two seasons since he signed a five-year, $39 million deal with the Ravens in 2013.
Seattle seems to be the most logical destination for Monroe as Russell Okung left for Denver in the offseason. The Seahawks, however, have not spent a lot of money on their offensive line and appear committed to using Gary Gilliam at left tackle and J’Marcus Webb at right tackle. Terry Poole and Bradley Sowell are also realistic options.
The 49ers probably have the biggest need to acquire Monroe. The 49ers’ offensive line was ranked next to last in pass protection and last in run blocking. They do have one of the best left tackles in Joe Staley and unless San Francisco moves him to the right side of the line, there is no chance that Monroe goes to the Bay Area. And the 49ers have $49 million in salary cap space, so they can easily afford Monroe’s salary.
Monroe’s salary is the biggest obstacle for the Seahawks. The Seahawks possess about $9.5 million in cap space and they have yet to sign wide receiver Doug Baldwin to a contract extension. They would probably need to jettison one or more players to sign Baldwin and take on Monroe.