Bryant McKinnie is headed for Baltimore

Reuters

The Ravens will sign Bryant McKinnie in an effort to fix their tackle problem.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports McKinnie has agreed to a deal.  The Ravens came close to confirming the report via Twitter. (UPDATE: They confirmed it.)

Through the years, we’ve been fortunate to obtain players late in training camp or just before the start of the season who help us win,” Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome said.

This is a fine gamble if the price is low enough. The Ravens looked set to start a right tackle that was cut by the Patriots, so they should have been looking for other options.

A guy as talented as McKinnie who started all last season is worth a try.  The Ravens may move McKinnie to right tackle or possibly move Michael Oher from the blind side so McKinnie can play on the left.

UPDATE: The Ravens confirmed the move, pending a physical.  It’s a two-year deal.  Florio reports via a source that it can be worth up to $7.5 million.  Only $1 million is guaranteed.

76 responses to “Bryant McKinnie is headed for Baltimore

  1. At 400 lbs. along with high blood pressure, let’s hope he doesn’t keel over and die while playing.

  2. It would be ideal to have Oher on the right side and Mckinnie on the left. Let’s see what happens.

  3. This guy is the epitome of the over-paid, under achieving, meat-head Offensive Linemen of the 21st century.

    I hope Ray-Ray knocks his block off

  4. If they were going to sign a health and attitude risk like McKinnie, why not just bring back Gaither?

  5. After reporting to Vikings camp weighing 386, McKinnie is now weighing 360 and is back in football shape. If Oher is moved to the right side and McKinnie can take over LT, look out.

    Low risk / high reward, performance based incentive deal…Ozzie strikes again.

  6. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Too bad there isn’t a measuring tape in the world big enough to measure either McKinnie’s waistline or the Ravens’ desperation at tackle.

  7. the final piece of the puzzle – watch out Steelers – the AFC North belongs to the Ravens…sorry about that – that was aftershock of the earthquake shifting my keyboard as I was typing. What I meant to write was – He’s been done for almost 3 years.

  8. He got a 2 year deal, vet minimum, plus incentives. Win/Win as far as I’m concerned. He may not even make final cut, who knows.

  9. This is a good risk. He can play at a pro bowl level when he drops the weight and he has to know his chances are running out. It’s probably an incentive loaded contract so low risk. I’m surprised the cowboys didn’t take a look at him w their line needs.

  10. “Low risk / high reward, performance based incentive deal…Ozzie strikes again.”

    What’s the high reward part?

  11. Thank you Ravens!!! Now maybe it will force the Vikings to put someone worthwhile in there!!! He was terrible!!! Major lack of effort from this guy!!

  12. After chiding Raiders fans, and then Chiefs fans, not to get overly excited about Jared Gaither, I have to consider the thoughts of Vikings fans who seem pretty unanimous in their disregard for McKinnie. On that basis, plus what little I know, I’m not too excited about this move. I was actually psyched with the tackle cut by the Patriots + Jah. I think the kid is gonna be just fine, but he does need some time to grow before throwing him to the wolves. I sure wouldn’t move Oher to RT for McKinnie…maybe, just maybe, McKinnie can play better on the right side? Not too hopeful, but it’s not like we’re worse off than we were two days ago…

  13. I see this is a low risk move depending on how much he gets paid. Im guessing a one year deal depending on games played in which will make it two years.

  14. watch us run the football pankake the steelers and anyone else that gets in our way bring it dont sing it

  15. “After reporting to Vikings camp
    weighing 386, McKinnie is now
    weighing 360 and is back in football
    shape.”

    +++++++

    Football shape, or just less morbidly obese?

  16. its a back up move

    lots of Viking lovers on here today, shouldnt you be worried about not having a QB

  17. This guy nearly ruined the Vikes with his missed blocks and holding penalties. I hope John Harbaugh whips him into shape. Otherwise it’s gonna be a very long season.

  18. The mountain of a man can play just fine if he has incentive. Once he earned his HUGE contract in MN, he became a lazy sloth who didn’t really care anymore…

  19. mvikes10 says:
    Aug 23, 2011 5:48 PM
    Thank you Ravens!!! Now maybe it will force the Vikings to put someone worthwhile in there!!! He was terrible!!! Major lack of effort from this guy!!
    ____________

    You know that they cut him three weeks ago, right? He doesn’t have to sign with another team before the Vikings can replace him.

  20. Is it just me, or are the Ravens just trying to find the biggest blob to lay in front of Woodley and Harrison in week one? I would call this a low risk, but a long reach. If Flacco is knocked out, it’s the second coming of Anthony Wright backing him up. And this coming from a Ravens fan.

  21. ravensworknotsteel says:
    Aug 23, 2011 5:53 PM
    watch us run the football pankake the steelers and anyone else that gets in our way bring it dont sing it.

    look at the picture hes holding that player that is what he does now because he can not move fast enough. HOLDING ON THE OFFENCE #74 get ready to hear that alot. The new Todd Steusse of the nfl.

  22. From all the opinions and views I see and hear about this guy ,from my fellow commenters, I wonder how Ozzy missed this. I mean I still have a little faith in the front office but GODDAMN!

  23. the tackle we got from the patriots refused to take a paycut thats why pats cut him not because he couldnt make the 90 man roster they need to save money after signing all these high priced divas get it right levoir is solid left or right tackle not a guy who couldnt make the 90 man roster cut

  24. hes holding on a pass play im talking about running the ball for 1 mill then incentives he will work so keep hating we got depth he might not even start harrison and woodley cant cover evens dickson rice and boldin so who cares and who are the steelers tackles that can play a whole game suggs kindle mcphee ngata and lewis are licking their chops too so see us week 1

  25. Wow, they are getting deperate. I bet they wished they didn’t let Chester go to the skins. Their fans thought it was a joke that the skins paid for him with a free agent contract, but it seems the skins now a have more stable line. Keep talking crap about how Ozzie is a great GM, and Bruce Allen doesn’t know what he’s doing Raven fans. See ya Thursday.

  26. So they reached an agreement on how much of his signing bonus would be paid in singles and how much would be paid in bbq ribs?

  27. Regardless of all the comments from underwhelmed Vikings fans; This move totally makes sense. Hence the INCENTIVE BASED contract. Anyone who thinks picking up 2 veteran tackles on back to back days isn’t quality work on Ozzie’s part is smokin somethin. We don’t need him to be all-world. We just need a veteran to hold down RT until Jah Reid gets up to speed. Worst case scenario; We cut him before the end of preseason. Best case; Our veteran leaders and coaches hold him to some semblance of accountability, and he pancakes the daylights out of some backers for Ray Rice and Ricky this year. We stack talent. That’s what we do in Baltimore. You know this MAAAAAAN!

  28. He didn’t come into camp at 386. He came in at 396. And there’s no way in the world that I would believe that he was back to his playing weight of 360. Which isn’t even a real playing weight. He was never anywhere close to 360 for the Vikings last year. He plays around 370-380 and the Vikings viewed that and his blood pressure as a HUGE health risk. But go ahead and take him and his C-list celebrity entourage.

  29. He hasn’t passed the physical yet. If he does that’s a huge upgrade from what we had on Monday.

    Talk football when you know football……otherwise watch Futbol

  30. ravenator says:
    Aug 23, 2011 5:37 PM
    After reporting to Vikings camp weighing 386, McKinnie is now weighing 360 and is back in football shape. If Oher is moved to the right side and McKinnie can take over LT, look out.

    Low risk / high reward, performance based incentive deal…Ozzie strikes again.

    duece5 says:

    Hey nator: IT DOESN’T MATTER IF HE IS IN “SHAPE”. The dude gave up immediately after he signed his megamillion deal with the Vikes in 2008. He has been a piece of crap since, and ROUTINELY gets burned. Think of it this way, the Vikings NEED a left tackle, AND THEY CUT HIM.

    No, Ozzie is no genius. He’s just more desperate than the Vikes.

    You’ll see….in the first game of the season. He has NO self motivation. He is LAZY and FAT and RICH…..hmmm…..sounds like Haynesworth.

    -VikingsNation

  31. Nothing to lose on this one…if he shows up out of shape and stinks…he’s gone

    Belichick took chances on Randy Moss and now Ocho stinko and Haynesworth.

    If they get McKinnie to shape up and play hard..its all to the good.

  32. ……and why is this under MN Vikings info? the team cut him, no longer employed in MN,….ya know like….Favre!!! post under Baltimore where someone gives a crap, cause thats all he is, Haynseworth JR.

  33. @cowboyhater – you’re an idiot. You probably also think that J. Wilson was spot on about his assessment of our respective fan bases, even though he’s bitter that he wasn’t good enough to last on the Ravens and grew up in DC area. Guess what? We didn’t have to rip out 10,000 seats to sell out our stadium…and contrary to Wilson’s ignorant statement about winning traditions, we’ve actually had multiple winning football eras in Baltimore…unlike DC, which has had the Gibbs era & otherwise has been a bunch of losers for most of their 70 years. But if people in DC knew up from down, maybe our country wouldn’t be headed down the terlet (that’s Balmorese, hon). Chester is soft. I guess that DOES make him a perfect fit for the Redskins!

    You enjoy Thursday…and then ANOTHER losing season. At least there’s hockey season for you to look forward to…

  34. At least the Ravens aren’t panicking…and by aren’t panicking I mean totally freakin’ panicking.

  35. Just some competition for Jah Reid. Not like he’s going to be handed the starting job. Make the cunnilingus matador work and see if he gets in shape (or whatever you call 365 lbs)

  36. Bryant McKinnie is headed for Baltimore but first he’s stopping off for two 20 piece buckets and a gallon of instant potatoes with ‘gravy’. “He was a central figure in the ‘Love Boat’ escapade and he was in a street fight in Miami three years ago. Two years ago, he blew off the Pro Bowl while tweeting that he spent much of the week at a strip joint in Miami.” Hell, yes. That should be worth a few $million.

  37. P.S.-
    In this picture, he’s just about to scream at the sideline to throw him some hot sauce for this lion he just caught!

  38. Ravens fans better hope he doesnt play on left side. he will not be able to stop James Harrison. oh yeah neither can Oher cant either. time to double team and hold.

  39. When he was with the Vikes I always held out hope he could turn in dynamic performances. It wasn’t until he’s gone that I wished they would have done it sooner.

  40. McKinnie is too worried about his music label and name dropping (Serena Williams) he would rather tweet than play. I have no stake in the Vikes but was glad they cut him. Remember the 2009 Pro Bowl He couldn”t be bothered to even show up after the fans voted him in. He’s USELESS

  41. I have serious doubts this guy passes his physical. If Casey Rabach, who played all year for the Redskins in ’10, fails his physical with the Ravens when he shows at his right playing weight, how is McKinnie? These are the same physicals I’m sure that were administered to 350-360 lb Terrence Cody before camp last year, which he failed once or twice. The last reported weight I’ve read on McKinnie is 360, which is still pretty big even for a 6’8″ OT. Hopefully Jah Reid comes out and dominates in this weeks preseason game and McKinnie is already an afterthought, again IF he passes his physical.

  42. i don’t even see how this happens. did anyone see leslie fraziers reaction when talking about mckinnie’s release? it was like he couldn’t believe a guy could show up to camp as mckinnie did and expect to do anything, much less play football. 400lbs, high blood pressure, cholesterol concerns. mckinnie’s always had a lot of talent but he doesn’t care about football or himself it seems.

  43. chobes68 says:
    Aug 23, 2011 5:59 PM
    “After reporting to Vikings camp
    weighing 386, McKinnie is now
    weighing 360 and is back in football
    shape.”

    +++++++

    Football shape, or just less morbidly obese?
    ———————————–

    Is there a difference for OL?

  44. smaynard87 says:
    Aug 23, 2011 6:41 PM
    28purple4mvp,

    You are one of my biggest pet peeves. Either an absolute idiot, or absolutely ignorant on how to spell the damn word OFFENSE!!

    What are you a school teacher? Did you notice your the only d-bag that said anything about my misspelling? Sorry I didn’t pass your spelling bee. Does it make you feel better to call people a idiot or ignorant. Get a life this is a football blog.

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