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Ravens have interest in keeping Bryant McKinnie

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Not long ago, it seemed like it would be only a matter of time before tackle Bryant McKinnie no longer would be a member of the Ravens.  Now, after he resurrecting his career with a solid postseason at left tackle, McKinnie once again finds himself in the team’s plans.

Maybe.

McKinnie tells Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times that the team has expressed interest in signing McKinnie to a new contract.  (We could have asked McKinnie those questions during his recent appearance on Pro Football Talk, if he had actually called in at the agreed time for his recent appearance, instead of calling, you know, not at all.)

“It was two different times [coach John Harbaugh] mentioned it,” McKinnie said.  “One was after like the New England game.  He was like, ‘After we play in the Super Bowl, we need to talk about you for next year.’ . . .  And then when we were out at the Super Bowl, he came up to the table with me for lunch or something and he kind of mentioned again, ‘You know, we want to see what’s going on with you after the Super Bowl.’”

On one hand, the Ravens don’t have a lot of cap space.  On the other hand, there will be a glut of tackles on the open market, making it cheaper to keep McKinnie.

On the other hand (if proximity to a nuclear reactor should cause a third one to emerge), McKinnie has a recent history of living — and getting — large in the offseason.  Thus, it’s one thing for McKinnie to seize the moment during a one-month window in the postseason; it’s quite another for him to be ready from Week One to make a difference.

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17 Responses to “Ravens have interest in keeping Bryant McKinnie”
  1. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 9, 2013 4:54 PM

    LOL

  2. helloanybodyhome says: Feb 9, 2013 5:05 PM

    They let him go & get Demetress Bell…can’t even type that with a straight face.

  3. mswravens says: Feb 9, 2013 5:11 PM

    He stood you up? Ha! Now I hope we keep him…I love him for that. He probably had something more important to do like talk to Skip Bayless about your lack of journalistic integrity!

  4. amoses74 says: Feb 9, 2013 5:22 PM

    Ravens dont have alot of cap space? After they sign the elite QB Flacco they wont have any!

  5. ravenator says: Feb 9, 2013 5:23 PM

    Keep him Oz, he stonewalled Denvers rush

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 9, 2013 5:46 PM

    Keep him Oz, he stonewalled Denvers rush

    Just like Ray and the police in Atlanta…sweet!

  7. blackandblue123 says: Feb 9, 2013 6:16 PM

    New cantract with a no buffet clause, or he might show up for training camp at 450lbs

  8. mediasloppy says: Feb 9, 2013 6:20 PM

    He’s great while he’s waiting for a new contract. After he signs it, he becomes a bum. Whatever they do, don’t pay this guy anymore than his base salary…

  9. ravenator says: Feb 9, 2013 6:35 PM

    Just like Ben did to girls in bathroom stalls

  10. illiniftw says: Feb 9, 2013 6:37 PM

    Give him an incentive based contract to keep him hungry. On second thought…

  11. purplesane says: Feb 9, 2013 7:44 PM

    Cut the bum! The more money he is paid the less he plays to his ability. It is amazing how he suddenly starts showing up for games and actually plays football when his meal ticket is on the line.

  12. boyshole25 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:17 PM

    He needs the money

  13. tonymontana45 says: Feb 9, 2013 9:06 PM

    Keep him? Maybe, only if it’s for the right price. If he wants to cash in, at his age, with his work ethic? Forget about it

  14. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 9, 2013 9:32 PM

    Just like Ben did to girls in bathroom stalls

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    On topic as usual skippy…does mom know you say those things.

    Cut the fat man..he is like Ravenator…lazy and mentally challenged.

  15. dcapettini says: Feb 9, 2013 9:32 PM

    He certainly can play. If he is willing to sign for what he did this year or is willing to take an incentive loaded contract, why not? Oher certainly is not a better option at left tackle. He really isn’t much more than an adequate right tackle. If he wasn’t next to Yanda, he’d be sitting on the bench.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 9, 2013 10:06 PM

    This guy isn’t too bright is he. He considers two off-handed comments by his coach when he was in full-on “motivate my guys mode” as expressing interest in him?

    What was JH supposed to say, “we got one more left and really need you. By the way, you’re gone after the Superbowl.”

  17. imbnme says: Feb 10, 2013 8:24 AM

    As long as they don’t overpay for him. I think someone will overpay for Jacoby Jones. Reminds me of Larry Brown. Got two picks in the Super Bowl. Then, the Raiders gave him a huge contract. Didn’t even make it as a starter.

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