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Bryant McKinnie returns to the Ravens

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Several veteran members of the Ravens’ Super Bowl team will be playing elsewhere in 2013, but left tackle Bryant McKinnie isn’t one of them.

The Ravens announced Thursday afternoon that they have reached agreement with McKinnie on a new two-year deal. McKinnie and the Ravens have been circling each other since the start of the offseason without too much urgency to make things happen apparent on either side. The Ravens said they were prepared to go with Kelechi Osemele as their left tackle and things remained in a holding pattern.

That changed this week as McKinnie stepped up talks with other teams. He visited with the Dolphins, received an offer from the Chargers and got some notice from the Cowboys. That was enough to spur the Ravens into action so they could secure the player who stepped in at left tackle during the playoffs to solidify the offensive line on the way to the Super Bowl.

With McKinnie back in Baltimore, Eric Winston and Tyson Clabo are the top veteran tackles on the free agent market. Both men are right tackles and both have gotten interest from some of the same teams that were interested in McKinnie. It may not be long before they find homes now that McKinnie has taken himself off the market.

UPDATE 6:27 p.m. ET: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that McKinnie’s deal, which includes incentives, has a maximum value of $7 million and includes an undisclosed signing bonus.

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55 Responses to “Bryant McKinnie returns to the Ravens”
  1. jeremywflores says: May 2, 2013 4:36 PM

    Better start running Rivers

  2. mlbbal52 says: May 2, 2013 4:38 PM

    Big Mac is back…hopefully he works hard and plays all season like he did in the playoffs…if the line holds up like the did in the post season Flacco is gonna have a great year…

  3. watermelon1 says: May 2, 2013 4:38 PM

    McKinnie won this stare-down! How’s that humble pie taste, Harbaugh?

  4. gorwr12 says: May 2, 2013 4:39 PM

    Terms of the deal were undisclosed…however it is estimated that a majority of his wages will be garnished by the government.

  5. ballinmore says: May 2, 2013 4:40 PM

    The line changed in the playoffs with him back on the left side. I can’t remember the sack total throughout but it had to be around 2. Solid stop gap and a reward for him manning up.

  6. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 2, 2013 4:41 PM

    McKinnie is hungry for another Super Bowl.

  7. ravensfansc says: May 2, 2013 4:42 PM

    If he is motivated, he is one of the better left tackles in the league. But that is a huge “if”. Just hope he stays motivated

  8. cgravyboat says: May 2, 2013 4:42 PM

    Baltimore’s O-Line just went from sub-par to top 5 with McKinnie, Osemele, Oher, and Yanda with the only real question-mark at Center in Gradkowski. That being said, he played extremely well against Geno Atkins in the last game of the season. This underrated signing will be worth at least 2 extra wins for the Ravens…

  9. frogyzero says: May 2, 2013 4:43 PM

    Wow. Great move by that front office. I really like the direction they are heading since winning the Superbowl.

    I think they will have a target on them this season because everyone will want a shot at the champs.

    Go Steelers.

  10. bigdaddyraven says: May 2, 2013 4:43 PM

    Yes sir!

  11. rockthered1286 says: May 2, 2013 4:44 PM

    So in the past week, the Ravens have addressed ILB, S, LT. They got substantially faster on D with their rookies. They have a better pass rush with Dumervil and the revamped D-Line. They have the LT locked down with BigMac, which now solidifies the entire OL running Mac-KO-Gradkowski-Yanda-Oher from left to right.

    So tell me now- where are the holes on this team again? Other than the obvious morons who think Q’s playoffs were indicative of his entire season (4TD’s in 4 games does not equal 4 TD’s in 16 games folks). Remember Deonte Thompson when the season starts…

  12. twells49 says: May 2, 2013 4:46 PM

    “Rise and Grind” is back!

    Super Bowl!!!

  13. lovefootball4life says: May 2, 2013 4:50 PM

    Did it spur the Ravens into action or did McKinnie get pretty much the same offer from SD? or did SD want more clauses? You don’t really know do you.

    Not sure how I feel about this. I guess with no other great options it’ll have to work.

  14. @Cereal_22 says: May 2, 2013 4:56 PM

    Dumb as a rock but as a LT he’s a wall.

  15. raiderinvader says: May 2, 2013 5:06 PM

    good move by the ravens.I’m glad he didn’t end up with the chargers

  16. sanityinsd says: May 2, 2013 5:07 PM

    Thank God that the Chargers didn’t sign him. Another overweight lazy Ravens castoff isn’t needed here.

    Foole me twice, shame on me.

  17. crownofthehelmet says: May 2, 2013 5:11 PM

    This must have been the great, secret plan Oz was talking about. Yikes.

  18. seatownballers says: May 2, 2013 5:16 PM

    Rivers is toast

  19. siggtacular says: May 2, 2013 5:18 PM

    Ozzie does it again!

    World Champs

    2x Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens

    XXXV, XLVII

  20. 2ringraven says: May 2, 2013 5:37 PM

    @crownofthehelmet. It’s certainly better than the steelers plan of going 8-8 and missing the playoffs. Stop being so bitter…

  21. ravensrooster94 says: May 2, 2013 5:39 PM

    “That changed this week as McKinnie stepped up talks with other teams. He visited with the Dolphins, received an offer from the Chargers and got some notice from the Cowboys. That was enough to spur the Ravens into action so they could secure the player who stepped in at left tackle during the playoffs to solidify the offensive line on the way to the Super Bowl.”

    Josh, you got it all wrong. That’s not the way they do things at One Winning Drive. Ozzie Newsome simply does not overreact or panic over anybody or anything when it comes to football.

    I’m telling you that McKinnie left for free agency with a number, courtesy of the Ravens. He was told to shop it around. If he found something better (ala Ed Reed) then Hail and Farewell.

    If not, here’s your two year contract loaded with incentives while we find a replacement you can mentor. It’s simple as t hat.

  22. classyjacklambert says: May 2, 2013 5:41 PM

    Ah blumpkin! I was hoping he would leave.

  23. scoobies05 says: May 2, 2013 5:52 PM

    what have the steelers done to improve crown. not much. i like how u come here to post…u know..so u can see how a good team does it
    hopefully we signed playoff mckinney. good signing. goo ravens

  24. mazblast says: May 2, 2013 6:07 PM

    frogyzero says: May 2, 2013 4:43 PM

    Wow. Great move by that front office. I really like the direction they are heading since winning the Superbowl.

    I think they will have a target on them this season because everyone will want a shot at the champs.

    Go Steelers.
    ————————————
    It’s not so bad to have every other team gunning for you. It means you’re the champions until you’re dethroned.

    We Steelers fans are very familiar with this feeling.

    Great re-up for McKinnie and the Ravens. The Ravens define the phrase “worthy opponent”.

  25. getyourownname says: May 2, 2013 6:09 PM

    Supposedly he and Harbs reached a better mutual understanding during last year. We will see if he can play an entire season like he did in the playoffs. If he can, this is a major boost. McKinnie probably also saw better possibility of a playoff check in Baltimore compared to SD or Miami, and he knows the players and system.

    And yeah, Ozzie handled this the same way he does everyone – go see what the market is, then we’ll talk. No panic, no being “spurred into action.”

  26. ravensdominate says: May 2, 2013 6:17 PM

    Repeat.

  27. jiggy3198 says: May 2, 2013 6:27 PM

    Hey rock that was 11 td’s in 4 games and go back 8 games he had 17-2 td to int ratio that’s a pretty good sample and that’s not even playing in one if the games so suck it idiots

  28. cfeeley52 says: May 2, 2013 6:48 PM

    watermelon1 says:
    May 2, 2013 4:38 PM
    McKinnie won this stare-down! How’s that humble pie taste, Harbaugh?
    ——————————–
    McKinnie didn’t win anything (except of course the SB last year haters). Baltimore told him what they were willing to pay then gave him the freedom to shop around. When he didn’t find an offer that was significantly better he came back. This is how the ravens treat their veterans. Sometimes they don’t come back (i.e. Ed Reed) but the ones that do never feel bitter about being low-balled by their team because they know the other pastures aren’t any greener…

  29. cannonballdookie says: May 2, 2013 6:52 PM

    Why go back to a team that doesn’t want you?

  30. ppdoc13 says: May 2, 2013 6:56 PM

    @ravenrooster – you hit the nail on the head. These know it alls that think oz got schooled by Big Mac are deluding themselves. 3 years ago Oz told ray Lewis to shop himself and if he still wanted to play with the ravens, come back with the deal and if we like the terms we will match it.

    If he did that for Ray freaking Lewis, do you think big fatty is going to get a better offer? Bryant shopped himself and eith the ravens had given him a better offer or they matched it because Bryant wants to work in one of the top 5 organizations in the league. Miami, SD, and the other places he looked didn’t match up.

    For the Einstein that somehow thought Harbs lost in this interaction obviously has zero idea of hoe the ravens run their shop. Watch for awhile and see how it’s done by some of the best in the NFL

  31. psuorioles says: May 2, 2013 6:59 PM

    As a Raven fan, I’m not sure how I feel about this signing. Yes they needed to address the LT position, but personally I was hoping they would get somebody else. McKinnie certainly played well in the playoffs, but the dude is lazy and I highly doubt he’ll play with the same urgency since he just won a ring. Besides Ed Reed leaving, I really like what the Ravens did this year.

  32. jcmeyer10 says: May 2, 2013 7:13 PM

    The question is, can the government or loan companies garnish hot dogs?

  33. boltandthunder says: May 2, 2013 7:29 PM

    gotta love the self serving bias displayed by the NFL fanatics. Just in the last couple days, while McKinnie seemed to be close to signing with the Chargers, Raven fans were bashing this guy for being “fat” and “lazy.” Reminding, and mocking, us Bolt fans about the last LT we signed who had previously played for the Ravens (Gaither). Suddenly though, you guys gave a collective sigh of relief because he is coming back to your city. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Ravens, a well deserved title. Enjoy the season.

  34. pluto92 says: May 2, 2013 7:30 PM

    2 years is about right to develop the next LT of the future and if he is motivated to earn the incentives in his contract he can be a solid starter for those 2 years. I feel this is a smart move by the front office. Superbowl? …maybe but contenders definitely.

  35. clownofthedroolingfool says: May 2, 2013 7:43 PM

    Once again, Ravens show the world how champions are made. Steelers, get ready to be clobbered!

  36. z06vision says: May 2, 2013 7:46 PM

    As much as I hate to say it, he owned Harrision. He is a mountain.

  37. gooboy6 says: May 2, 2013 7:48 PM

    I wonder what Jeff Ireland has ” up his sleeve ” now ?

  38. itsfootballbaby says: May 2, 2013 7:56 PM

    The Ravens just went from 10-6 to 12-4

  39. tombstoned says: May 2, 2013 8:03 PM

    Folks, this team is gonna be a force this year! Never has a team been more awesome in the history of the world! We will finish 1st in every statistical catagory on offense, defense & special teams! Every offensive snap will result in a touchdown. Every defensive snap will result in either a sack or a pick six. Heck, special teams won’t even matter really, although it will still be best in the league. Every opponent will cry like babies at half time (except Steelers who will cry like babies throughout game). Coaches will look like geniuses, cheerleaders will look like goddesses, etc, etc, etc.

    GO RAVENS!!!

  40. ravensbob says: May 2, 2013 8:11 PM

    Ravens vs Niners in SB 48.

  41. liltifer says: May 2, 2013 8:14 PM

    Ravens fans are happy as pigs in slop.

    I thought the shuttle landed here in Florida today, but then I noticed it was just the loud chest-thumping all these Ravens fans were doing.

    When he was talking to other teams, it was “Baltimore knows when to get rid of guys. Miami/San Diego/Etc. are just going to get a fat out-of-shape, lazy guy who will get in trouble off the field.”

    Man, talk about speaking out of both sides of your mouth…

  42. pluto92 says: May 2, 2013 8:31 PM

    As a ravens I like the direction this team has gone in. The front office understands that if you build a solid team with some good luck and momentum you can go all the way. That’s really all that you could hope for as a fan. Let’s play the games before we decide who the next champion is.

  43. barbasol11111111 says: May 2, 2013 8:36 PM

    I never wanted him to leave baltimore, personally

    I mean, despite his flaws, I’d rather have the potential he brings to the table than have oher get abused by false start flags on the blindside or make a kid who is an all pro guard switch positions one year into his career.

    Oz knows what he’s doing

  44. squared80 says: May 2, 2013 8:38 PM

    I was so glad when the Vikings cut him outright. Number of fans he had during his tenure in Minnesota: 0.

  45. poesports says: May 2, 2013 8:51 PM

    When he was talking to other teams, it was “Baltimore knows when to get rid of guys. Miami/San Diego/Etc. are just going to get a fat out-of-shape, lazy guy who will get in trouble off the field.”

    Man, talk about speaking out of both sides of your mouth…

    Not this Ravens fan. Have been hoping to either lock him down or find onother LT which the Ravens had not done. Oher or Osemele? Rather have Bryant back so Im happy. I disagreed with Boldin move but everything else Im pretty happy with. Reed wanted a little too much money for our cap.

  46. jamaltimore says: May 2, 2013 8:52 PM

    Squared 80. Mckinnie hated the purple in Minnesota too. He knew he had to come to charm city to win. Mckinnie Superbowl champ. Vikings fan always lose in the super bowl. Go back to your igloo with a collapsed roof.

    Black and Purple repeat

  47. steelerofthedraft says: May 3, 2013 1:42 AM

    Old , can’t bend his knees well, and was benched all last year for ja Reid lol , but yeah 3.5 million a year is a steal ? Great logic , the guy played 4 games last year , you can tell yourself the ravens didn’t panic but they did , they had no other option at left tackle besides putting oher on the left side and we all know what kinda mess he is !

  48. sbaltimore says: May 3, 2013 2:04 AM

    We’ll never know all the particulars, but the latest rumor flying around is that the main problem existed between McKinnie and Cameron, not McKinnie and Harbaugh. Regardless, this is a key signing for the Ravens, because it helps to solidify the O-line 3 ways: 1. It keeps McKinnie at LT, 2. It keeps Oher at RT, and 3. It keeps KO at guard. The only question now is Gradkowski at center. It wouldn’t hurt for the Ravens to pick up a veteran center just for insurance. And a #2 WR. For all the doom and gloom heaped upon the Ravens after the big cuts, things are certainly looking a lot different now, aren’t they?

  49. chewingonlightbulbs says: May 3, 2013 2:45 AM

    Further proof that if you build the right team, you will get players no matter how crappy the city is.

  50. mungman69 says: May 3, 2013 4:10 AM

    Ravens are putting it all together.

  51. joetoronto says: May 3, 2013 4:12 AM

    What, he wasn’t impressed with the Chargers empty trophy case?

  52. reedhof20 says: May 3, 2013 4:26 AM

    Why are there Charger fans here offering their opinions? What have they won? Ever? They couldn’t spot a Super Bowl left tackle if their lives depended on it.

  53. jtbsteeler says: May 3, 2013 9:22 AM

    Now go get Jump ball Joe some receivers, because if Torrey Smith is your #1 you’re done. The Steelers will shutdown that maypop offense again this season.

  54. spitsfire says: May 3, 2013 10:43 AM

    Right player. Right price.

    Oz stuck to his mantra and it worked yet again. To think how nervous us Ravens fans were in early March with all the departures, only to basically see the team improved upon and hit with some youth and then to continue to nab key guys and keep a key piece like the LT.. Bravo Ozzie.

    Now the Ravens are locked and loaded for 2013.

  55. flavadave10 says: May 4, 2013 1:59 PM

    Right move to do. Remember when everybody was panicking about the Ravens’ off-season? Good times.

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