They could put Bryant McKinnie on the bench for use in case of injury or ineffectiveness, a role that wound up working out well last year when McKinnie stepped in for the playoff run. They could cut him, but they’ve already paid him a $2 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary is guaranteed as a vested veteran.
Door No. 3 is a trade, something that Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens are expected to explore once they finalize the deal for Monroe with the Jaguars. Such a deal could recoup some of what they’ll give up for Monroe, reportedly a package of late-round draft picks, but would come at the expense of the insurance policy that McKinnie would provide.
With Levi Brown moving from Arizona to Pittsburgh on Wednesday in another trade, there’s a lively trade market for left tackles all of a sudden. If a team that’s lost a starter to injury or seen their expected plans go up in smoke because of poor play wants to jump in, McKinnie probably wouldn’t come at too high a cost when Monroe was dealt for a package of third day picks.