Tackle Bryant McKinnie has been pretty forthcoming about his desire to return to the Ravens for another season, but there hasn’t been much movement on the Ravens’ end of things toward making that happen.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome was asked about where things stood with McKinnie on Tuesday and he left the door open for a return from a player who took over at left tackle to help solidify the line in the postseason. Newsome cited a good relationship with McKinnie’s agent and continued contact between the two sides as reasons why McKinnie could return. For now, though, the team is working out with Kelechi Osemele as their left tackle and Newsome said that things could look that way when Week One of the season rolls around as well.
“Could he [McKinnie] be our left tackle? He potentially could be. Could KO be our left tackle? He could potentially be our left tackle, too. I think we are very open. I think the dialogue has been very good with B-Mac from my standpoint, and I think John [Harbaugh] would echo the same thing,” Newsome said, via Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times. “But if we had to line up today with the group that we have, I think John told [owner] Steve Bisciotti that KO would probably get that opportunity.”
Osemele played right tackle and left guard last season, but he has experience at left tackle after playing the position in college. Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta explained why he thinks Osemele could handle the position while also mentioning a few draft prospects at tackle that intrigued him.
In short, the Ravens are keeping all their options open at tackle and we’ll have to wait until at least the days following the draft to find out who will be in the mix at left tackle.