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Bryant McKinnie gets a chance with Ravens

Posted on: August 23, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 6:09 pm
McKinniePosted by Josh Katzowitz

Bryant McKinnie’s long wait to sign a new deal with a new team is over. The former Vikings offensive tackle who was cut earlier in the preseason has reached an agreement with the Ravens, the Baltimore Sun reports.

McKinnie was a Pro Bowler in 2009*, but he upset the Vikings when he showed up to this year’s training camp far out of shape. Though the Vikings never actually came out and said that was the reason they got rid of McKinnie, coach Leslie Frazier said this before axing him: "There are a number of things that we want to work on with Bryant and some other guys as well. Conditioning is part of it. We just want to try to make sure that we're doing the right thing by every guy that's wearing the purple."

The Vikings also apparently were upset that McKinnie refused to budge off his base salary of $4.9 million, and for a guy who supposedly weighed in at nearly 400 pounds** when he arrived at camp, that was unacceptable.

*You might recall that McKinnie partied a little too hard in Hawaii, and he was not allowed to play in the game.

**McKinnie is 6-foot-8, but even for that height, 400 pounds is rather rotund.

McKinnie's drama
But now, he gets another chance with the Ravens -- who, according to the Carroll County Times, will sign him to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million (with a $1 million bonus).

It’s an interesting move by the Ravens, considering they failed to re-sign free agent tackle Jared Gaither earlier this offseason, essentially paving the way for Michael Oher to return to the left tackle spot, which used to belong to Gaither.

But as I’ve been saying, Oher, though he has a great backstory, isn’t always such a great left tackle. Perhaps the Ravens will give McKinnie, who can be a wonderful tackle when he’s in shape, the chance to prove himself worthy of protecting Joe Flacco’s blind side instead of Oher.

Remember this, though. In order for the deal to be consummated, McKinnie still has to pass his physical. As we’ve seen in the not too recent past, that’s not necessarily a slam dunk for McKinnie.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:43 pm

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Posted on: December 25, 2011 6:43 pm

Bryant McKinnie gets a chance with Ravens

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Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:30 pm

Bryant McKinnie gets a chance with Ravens

WOW! 400lbs?   This man has a long way to go to get in shape.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:07 pm

Bryant McKinnie gets a chance with Ravens

I believe he will work and be more than productive.  Ray and Ed will see to it.  I know this is a typical Raven's fan response, but it is true.  You don't slouch on Ray's team...he won't tolerate it.  This will be a valuable move in the end.

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:00 pm

Bryant McKinnie gets a chance with Ravens

Big Mac stated when he was released, "I'm worried about my cholesterol". We should assume from recent developments he has gotten beyond his fears. I suppose just saying, 'I screwed up' doesn't get any easier even after you're an adult. It seems Mac is a pretty self centered person who felt that a new coach needed to have the problem of his LT showing  up in a fat suit. South Beach can and will live without Mac. Mac is not going to be able to make it rain w/o football. Paying the bills, even bartabs fall under the heading priorities. Work pays the bills and it goes fast. Good luck Mac and get some help.

Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:22 pm

Bryant McKinnie gets a chance with Ravens

He is eating his way out of the NFL  -- just like the Perry from the bears --

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:50 pm

Bryant McKinnie gets a chance with Ravens

Whichever OT spot he plays the Ravens start out with an easy test.I'm sure the Steelers will cut him some slack.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:46 am

Bryant McKinnie gets a chance with Ravens

I do not know how it will effect the cap but if they cut him, they just lose a $1,000,000.  If he starts and plays, he is a talent, he'd be worth it.  If he has an All Pro Season, Baltimore is a genius, if he gets hurt, thats the NFL.  If he underachieves, you cut him at the end of the season and maybe lose what about 4.5 million vs the cap.  It is a gamble but a reasonable one for Baltimore.  Even Randy Moss behaved himself his first year in New England. 

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