It wasn’t long after the Ravens won the Super Bowl that we started hearing about their interest in bringing left tackle Bryant McKinnie back for another season.
McKinnie’s expressed a similar interest, but there hasn’t been much, if any, movement on a new deal. McKinnie isn’t expecting that to change in the next couple of weeks.
During an interview on WNST in Baltimore, McKinnie said that he didn’t expect to have any more talks about a contract with the Ravens until after the draft. While the implication is that the Ravens might add a player they want to take over the starting job, McKinnie also said that he wants to see what the Ravens do so that he knows he has a shot to retain his starting job.
“I definitely want a starting job,” McKinnie said, via the Ravens website. “I want it to be fair for somebody to beat me out of my position instead of saying you want to try something new. Give me the opportunity to actually be fair and let somebody beat me out for the position.”
McKinnie, Eric Winston, Andre Smith and other free agent tackles may all be waiting until after the draft to find their homes for the 2013 season since there are sure to be some needy teams who find what they’re looking for in the collegiate ranks.