Bryant McKinnie will be back in Baltimore for two more years
Bryant McKinnie reportedly dined with the San Diego Charger and also visited the Miami Dolphins earlier in free agency. Meanwhile the Baltimore Ravens also explored other free agency options at tackle to fill a glaring hole on their offensive line this season. But despite the flirtations of both sides Bryant McKninnie continued circling each other, which has been ongoing since the start of the offseason.
As the interest in Bryant McKinnie started to pick up across the league with the Dallas Cowboys joining the mix, as well as the offensive tackle receiving standing offer from the Miami Dolphins, the Baltimore Ravens decided to close in on a deal instead of losing ahead of the 2013 season. According to sources, even though Bryant McKinnie was on the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers’ radar, both teams were still aware that McKinnie would prefer a second stint with the Baltimore Ravens. Although Bryant McKinnie was expected to receiver a better offer on the open market, both of his suitors didn’t show any real eagerness towards locking McKninnie to a pleasing contract, thus sending him back to the Baltimore Ravens.
Bryant McKinnie started all 16-gameas for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011, after signing as a free agent with the team that offseason. But in 2012, Bryant McKinnie faced several health (weight/conditioning) as well as behavioral issues and remained a reserve tackle. He didn’t play a single game in the regular season. However, after Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was fired towards the end of the season, Bryant McKinnie got back into shape and started at left tackle team’s playoffs run. Bryant McKinnie’s presence solidified the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line so that they averaged 410.3 yards of offense in four postseason wins; while providing pass protection to quarterback Joe Flacco, who threw throwing 11 touchdown passes without an interception during the stretch.
The Baltimore Ravens didn’t draft a tackle this weekend, and only selected one offensive lineman Wisconsin guard Ricky Wager during the process. Baltimore Ravens coach Jogn Harbaugh previously anticipated moving Kelechi Osemeli to left tackle. But Bryant McKinnie’s return to the defensing Super Bowl Champions means that Kelechi Osemeli could stay put at left guard while Michael Oher could see time at right tackle, where he seems to do a lot better than the left side of Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line.
The 33-year-old Bryant McKinnie also played the first nine seasons of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. The former first-rounder Bryant McKinne started 148 of 164 games and 11 playoffs during his 11-year NFL career.