Baltimore showing interest in Browns C Alex Mack

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A ploy used to out-leverage pending free agent LT Eugene Monroe, or a legitimate attempt by the Ravens to revamp one of the league's worst offensive lines?

One of the more simply put facts of the 2013 season: Gino Gradkowski was an inadequate center in comparison to his peers.

The Baltimore Ravens fell apart offensive in 2013, partially due to Gradkowski's lack of skill and partially due to several reasons. The Ravens are, apparently, looking to do something about it, though.

Theoretically.

As the team is mired in negotiations with left tackle Eugene Monroe - a player they traded a fourth and fifth round pick in this draft to Jacksonville for - news floated Tuesday just hours before the start of free agency they're interested in Cleveland's transition-tagged center Alex Mack.

It'd be a bold move by Baltimore to pull off both transactions. It'd also be unlikely, and somewhat out of character for the financially-conscious Ravens to spend that much money, particularly on a non-premium position like center.

Looking at it from a different perspective, the argument can be made Talks between the Ravens and Monroe hit something of a standstill, and the Ravens hinted to the media, hoping the message would get to Monroe's people, they're ok with taking their money and spending it elsewhere.

If we were to guess right now, it'd be the same prediction we made a while back; Monroe isn't leaving Baltimore. They did not give up two mid-round picks in a deep draft so they could rent him for 11 games, not to mention the fact they have no depth at tackle outside of him. And they certainly wouldn't actively choose a center over a left tackle.

Mack will field some interest, but his transition tag value has to be at his absolute basement of what he'd accept - about $10 million guaranteed. That would make it tough for Baltimore to keep both of them anyway, but Monroe is still their top, secondary and tertiary option in this year's free agency period.

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