He’s a backup in Baltimore, and might have been the best lineman in Arizona.
But Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie said he was relieved not to have been dealt to the Cardinals, as was rumored.
“I heard it, too,” McKinnie said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “It’s a blessing to be here, I’m blessed for that. I didn’t really worry about it. I was hearing everything and I didn’t know what to think. If it happened, it happened. I wasn’t worried about it.”
McKinnie’s had a rough season, from financial issues to losing his starting left tackle job to Michael Oher, after starting every game last season. He played 18 snaps in a reserve role last week, and practiced all week despite a hip flexor injury.
“It’s a long season, and we can do a lot of good things,” McKinnie said. “I’m staying ready. . . .
“It’s in the process of getting better,” he said of his hip. “I’m still working on that. I could play Sunday if they need me to.”
The Cardinals would have absolutely needed him, and likely put him in a better position to earn some money back down the road.