After Monroe, middle linebacker Daryl Smith is the next key free agent that needs to be re-signed. He finished the season with 123 tackles, five sacks, three interceptions and 19 passes defended and was a leader on the defense.
If he isn't re-signed, the Ravens could pursue Wesley Woodyard or Brandon Spikes, both of whom were quality starters for the Broncos and Patriots respectively in 2013.
Starting strong safety James Ihedigbo is also a free agent after leading the team in tackles (103) in 2013 to go with three interceptions. Re-signing him would also seem like something Baltimore wants to do, but it appears he's headed to the Detroit Lions.
James Ihedigbo left the Detroit Lions’ practice facility without a contract today, but the free agent safety said he hopes to reunite with his former defensive backs coach — new Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin — soon.
Does he expect to be a Lion eventually?
"God willing," Ihedigbo said. "If (Lions contract negotiator Jon Dykema) helps me out, we’ll make it happen."