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Ravens trade Bryant McKinnie to Dolphins

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

The Dolphins are trying to help Ryan Tannehill.
The Dolphins are trying to help Ryan Tannehill. (USATSI)

The Miami Dolphins have a problem on their hands, with Ryan Tannehill having been sacked a whopping 26 times through Week 7 (one of those weeks the Dolphins had a bye). So they've sought out help via a trade with the Ravens for left tackle Bryant McKinnie.

McKinnie's agent Michael George told the Baltimore Sun that the deal was a "good opportunity" for McKinnie.

"It is a good opportunity for him," George said. "This should be a positive change for Bryant and he's very excited."

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported the trade. And a trade means the Ravens actually got something in return for McKinnie, which is quite impressive. Jim Harbaugh confirmed the deal Monday and noted that if it goes through -- which he believes it will -- the Ravens would get a late-round conditional pick.

Mount McKinnie, who's struggled badly in 2013 after an impressive postseason run that helped net the Ravens a Super Bowl title, became expendable after the Ravens traded for Eugene Monroe from the Jaguars.

That move was a result of McKinnie being an ineffective left tackle (and the Jags looking to move contract-year players and veterans as they keep stripping down their roster). So if the Dolphins are interested in the Miami native then you know they're bad off.

Jonathan Martin and Tyson Clabo have both struggled in pass protection and Tannehill's been under siege most of this season. McKinnie isn't guaranteed to make any sort of impact but the Dolphins need all the help they can get at this point.

If a change of scenary motivates him, it'd be a huge plus for the Fins. They're already dealing with the worst-case scenario anyway.

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