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McKinnie open to Ravens return, but wants to see what market says

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Last week, there was a report that the Ravens were interested in bringing tackle Bryant McKinnie back for another season.

The feeling appears to be mutual. McKinnie’s agent Michael George told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun that McKinnie, who stepped in to do a good job at left tackle in the playoffs after spending the regular season on the bench, would be interested in returning to help the team defend their crown.

“Bryant would want to come back,” George said. “He likes it there. He likes the situation, the way it is now. He’s a free agent, so it’s up to the Ravens what happens next obviously. The intention is to see what the market says. If the Ravens want to do something, we’re definitely open to that. Obviously, it has to be right numbers for both sides.”

George said he expects a lot of demand for McKinnie’s services when free agency opens, a big change from the way it looked like things would play out when McKinnie was out of shape and taking a pay cut to remain with the Ravens at the start of the season. His conditioning has been a frequent concern over the years, but it shouldn’t cost him too much in free agency as long as he’s willing to accept the desire of teams to protect themselves financially against his failure to report in good condition.

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10 Responses to “McKinnie open to Ravens return, but wants to see what market says”
  1. matthewcarlson1 says: Feb 14, 2013 10:21 AM

    If anyone but the ravens signs this guy i will buy his new Jersey and eat it. I’m not worried.

  2. thepoliticalfirebrand says: Feb 14, 2013 10:34 AM

    If anyone but the Ravens sign this guy, watch out. He’s a good LT, yes, but he gets lazy easily. And of course he left Minny because he gained over 100 pounds in the offseason.

  3. purpleguy says: Feb 14, 2013 10:39 AM

    It’s good to see teams are focusing upon his conditioning rather than such unimportant character factors as the Love Boat hooker trip on Lake Minnetonka, the assault charge for bonking a Miami bouncer in the head with a pipe, skipping the Pro bowl practices to party on South Beach, or the fact that his paychecks are subject to garnishment from a lock-out loan $4,000,000 judgment.

  4. uvmcatamounts says: Feb 14, 2013 10:53 AM

    Criticize this guy all you want (I know he’s earned it) but the Ravens probably wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him. Sure he may put you through some headaches but I won’t be at all surprised if there’s a team willing to pay more than the Ravens. That said I hope we re-sign him because I think I speak for most Ravens fans when I say that seeing Oher at LT makes me a little uneasy.

  5. s1138 says: Feb 14, 2013 11:16 AM

    “Criticize this guy all you want (I know he’s earned it) but the Ravens probably wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him.”

    What? The way I understand it, Flacco single handedly won the Superbowl with his power arm and laser accuracy.

  6. daamgud says: Feb 14, 2013 11:20 AM

    Right, but he really just wants to see what Boston Market says. $7.99 half chicken meal right now!

    Kidding aside, McKinnie was pretty much written off after leaving the Vikings (possibly while still with the Vikings.) The fact that he did get himself back into some kind of shape and became a starter for a an eventual Super Bowl winning team says a lot. It would’ve been a LOT easier to go the JaMarcus route.

    Then again, maybe JaMarcus is trying to go the McKinnie route now.

  7. dukemarc says: Feb 14, 2013 11:31 AM

    Anything more than 1 or 2 year deals is going to be a problem with McKinnie – dude just doesn’t want to work hard unless he needs the cash.

  8. jcmeyer10 says: Feb 14, 2013 11:46 AM

    The market says he likes food…. a lot.

  9. navyeoddavee9 says: Feb 14, 2013 12:40 PM

    Market as in Boston Market

  10. lovefootball4life says: Feb 14, 2013 1:56 PM

    “Criticize this guy all you want (I know he’s earned it) but the Ravens probably wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him.”
    ~~~~~
    What? The way I understand it, Flacco single handedly won the Superbowl with his power arm and laser accuracy.
    ~~~~~
    Which Flacco was able to do because McKinnie was protecting his blind side…unlike that other guy made popular in the movie.

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