Found May 03, 2013 on Ravens Football Machine:
It's a big deal that "Moby Grape" is back to protect Joe Flacco's blind side after flirting with his erstwhile suitors... When he's in shape and ready to play, Bryant McKinnie gives the Ravens so much strength and adaptability to their offensive line that it is not funny. I had a feeling he would come back after testing a lukewarm free-agent market. Look, I am not a big fan of McKinnie's South Beach lifestyle---  but I sure know a solid left tackle when I see one.         The Ravens reached a two-year agreement in principle with Bryant McKinnie Thursday afternoon, securing the left tackle that helped them pull off their Super Bowl run last season. The deal is worth a maximum of $7 million, according to The Baltimore Sun. The team does not release contract details. With McKinnie penciled in at left tackle, the Ravens will maintain most of their best offensive line combination from last year. Michael Oher can continue his move to right tackle and Kelechi Osemele can stay at left guard. Marshal Yanda will start at right guard, and second-year Gino Gradkowski is currently the leading candidate to start at center. McKinnie, 33, did not start any regular season games last year. But after getting healthy and into better shape, he was inserted into the starting lineup for the playoffs. He neutralized talented pass rushers Dwight Freeney (Colts), Von Miller (Broncos) and Aldon Smith (49ers). Quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked just six times in the four playoff games. The Ravens averaged 31 points and 410.3 yards of offense per game. McKinnie expressed over the offseason that he wanted to be a starter wherever he signed. He also wanted to be paid to protect Flacco’s blindside after the Ravens handed the quarterback what was then the NFL’s richest contract. "They bought a Maserati, they need to pay for the insurance," McKinnie told the NFL Network earlier this offseason. Obviously McKinnie is the insurance policy. But the free-agent tackle market was slow to materialize, allowing the Ravens and other teams to wait until the draft to see whether they could fill their needs. However, the Ravens didn’t select a college tackle until the fifth round when they took Wisconsin’s Rick Wagner, who the team lists at guard. Here's how Ryan Mink of the NFL website broke it down: "That meant Osemele was still in line to be the team’s starter on the left side. Osemele told reporters last month that he would be comfortable moving back to his college position at left tackle, but he preferred the idea of McKinnie coming back so he could play guard." McKinnie started to draw more interest after the draft. This week, he visited the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers, who gave him a contract offer. The Dallas Cowboys also reportedly started to show interest. But the Ravens stayed in contact with McKinnie throughout the process and made their move before he went elsewhere. McKinnie struggled with injuries last year. He came to training camp late after falling down at his house, then he had to shed weight before even hitting the practice field. He suffered a hip flexor injury in Week 6 that lingered for a month. Late in the season, McKinnie proved to Head Coach John Harbaugh that he was ready to practice well and ready to retake the starting role he had throughout the 2011 season. Once he was inserted, the 6-foot-8 McKinnie showed his dominance. The 2009 Pro Bowler will now look to continue his strong play from the end of last season. He'll still have to win the job in training camp.  

Baltimore Ravens: OT Bryant McKinnie Re-Signs, Hopes For Better Start

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle to a two-year deal with tackle Bryant McKinnie Thursday afternoon. McKinnie’s deal is reportedly worth $7 million. The 11-year NFL veteran has spent the past two seasons with the Ravens after nine seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. McKinnie saw action in all 32 regular season games (16 starts) as a Raven. Photo Credit: BaltimoreRavens...

Ravens sign Bryant McKinnie to a two-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens announced today that they’ve signed free agent offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie to a two-year contract. McKinnie had been talking with both the Dolphins and Chargers, but the Ravens ended up sneaking back in the race and were able to close the deal. Without McKinnie, you could argue the Ravens wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl last season.     Need NFL Tickets?

Ravens re-sign offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie

The Baltimore Ravens have re-signed left tackle Bryant McKinnie to a two-year contract. McKinnie did not start a game during the 2012 regular season but became a valuable part of the Ravens offensive line during the playoffs. McKinnie, 33, failed to generate interest for much of free agency but had recently met with Miami and San Diego. After the meetings McKinnie was said to be...

Bryant McKinnie Meeting With The Chargers Again Wednesday, Haven’t Discussed A Contract Yet

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the San Diego Chargers and free agent LT Bryant McKinnie didn’t discuss contract figures during their meeting Tuesday night. McKinnie mentioned that he’s had ”very good” visit so far. The two sides will meet again today and McKinnie informed Wilson that he’ll be taking a physical at some point as well.  The Chargers...

Baltimore Ravens re-sign Bryant McKinnie

Interest in free agent offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie had picked up recently, as the veteran visited with the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers. However, McKinnie's former team -- the Baltimore Ravens -- remained in contact with him, and they were ultimately able to convince him to re-sign. McKinnie inked a two-year deal with the defending Super Bowl champions that can...

Ravens agree to deal with McKinnie

Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome says the Ravens have agreed to a two-year deal to re-sign offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie. The 33-year-old McKinnie is an 11-year NFL veteran who has played the last two seasons with Baltimore. He played his first nine seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. McKinnie started all 16 regular-season games with the Ravens in 2011. He started all...

Chargers rumors: San Diego makes offer to Bryant McKinnie

There are several veteran offensive lineman remaining on the free agent market, and it appears talks have heated up for one of them. The San Diego Chargers have made Baltimore Ravens free agent Bryant McKinnie an offer, as negotiations are ongoing, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. Chargers have made an offer to Bryant McKinnie, source says. Negotiations are ongoing...

Ravens, OT Bryant McKinnie agree to 2-year deal

Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome says the Ravens have agreed to a two-year deal to re-sign offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie. The 33-year-old McKinnie is an 11-year NFL veteran who has played the last two seasons with Baltimore. He played his first nine seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. McKinnie started all 16 regular-season games with the Ravens in 2011. He started all...

The Ravens Re-Sign Left Tackle Bryant McKinnie

While the Baltimore Ravens started off the post Super Bowl roster changes with a bang, getting rid of some of the most important players form a year ago, recently, they have made some solid moves. In the latest transaction, Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens were able to re-sign left tackle Bryant McKinnie to a new two-year deal. The deal is worth approximately 7 million dollars. McKinney...

The Baltimore Ravens Will Finish 2013 Below .500

The Baltimore Ravens are coming off quite the playoff run capped by a victory in Super Bowl 47. Joe Flacco was literally near perfect during that stretch and was paid like he is expected to play that way all year. They have an all-star running back in Ray Rice and one of the best upcoming wide receiver in the league in Torrey Smith. Unfortunately for the Ravens, that’s about the...
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