Eugene Monroe says trade is 'definitely a good thing,' but wishes Jaguars well

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The 2009 first round pick doesn't hold ill-will toward the team that traded him on Tuesday.

Four weeks into the season, offensive tackle Eugene Monroe is headed from an 0-4 team that is almost certainly the worst team in the NFL to join the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. It's not hard to understand why he would be excited about the move.

"It's definitely a good thing," Monroe told Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. "It's a fresh start for me and my family and it's an opportunity to play football with a different organization."

With just 12 games remaining on the contract he signed as a rookie in 2009, it's not hard to understand why a fresh start would be desired for Monroe. Still, the move wasn't one that insulted the veteran tackle and he wished the Jaguars well in his absence.

"It's tough leaving the guys I've been fighting with going on five seasons," he said. "I can only wish them the best and that they stay healthy and continue to fight like I know they will."

While compensation for the trade will be officially announced later, early indications are that the Jaguars will receive fourth, fifth and sixth round selections in the 2014 NFL Draft from the Ravens.

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