Still No Market For Bryant McKinnie
Jan 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie (78) against the Denver Broncos during the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
No Ravens free agent has created as much argument among the fan base as Bryant McKinnie. His supporters cite his incredible play during the Ravens Super Bowl run and his overall solid play through much of his career. His detractors are quick to bring up his work ethic questions, his discipline and off field issues and his obvious weight troubles.
I find myself among the detractors of McKinnie. I don’t know who will play LT for the Ravens, but personally I don’t want anything to do with McKinnie because I think he is lazy, both off and on the field. He isn’t the type of guy you should rely on for anything, much less to protect the guy you just handed $120 million bucks.
Either way, McKinnie says he would like to play for the Ravens again, but he has also made it clear that his decision is basically going to be made by whoever gives him the most money. That is all he cares about(another red flag but that is an entirely different conversation). The Good news for the Ravens(if they are interested in bringing him back) and for McKinnie fans is that McKinnie has basically receive no interest at all on the free agency market.
McKinnie received an inquiry call from the Bears during the first week of free agency and he was their fallback plan as they pursued Saints free agent LT Jermon Bushrod. The Bears landed Bushrod and that was the end of that. McKinnie also received a preliminary call from the Chargers(on the same day that Ravens coach John Harbaugh reached out to touch base with McKinnie), but it isnt expected to amount to anything until after the draft.
The Ravens, and any other team, are only really interested in McKinnie if they strike out at tackle in the draft. If I were the Ravens I would be targeting a prospect type player in the second round(or maybe Menelik Watson after a first round trade out) like Justin Pugh, Terron Armstead or Kyle Long and let Oher play one more season at LT if necessary. That said, I am not a McKinnie fan.
What do You think Ravens Nation?