Ravens applied perfect squeeze play to McKinnie

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The events that resulted in Ravens nearly cutting left tackle Bryant McKinnie arose from, by all appearances, a perfectly-executed squeeze play that prevented McKinnie from determining what another team would pay before having to make a decision about his future.

Appearing on The Glen Younes Show on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, McKinnie explained that the Ravens approached McKinnie out of the blue on Monday regarding his contract.  The Ravens told McKinnie that the team isn’t sure he’s one of the top five offensive linemen on the team, and so they offered him a little more than half of the $3.2 million in base salary he was due to earn in 2012.

McKinnie balked, and he thereafter assumed that it would be only a matter of time before he was released.  Especially since the Ravens told him that, if he didn’t agree to the pay cut by 4:00 p.m. ET on Monday, the Ravens would cut him.

But then came Tuesday, and McKinnie wasn’t cut.  Instead, coach John Harbaugh called and told McKinnie, “You don’t want to go through the stress of moving.”  Also, G.M. Ozzie Newsome called and said to McKinnie, “Let’s try to get something done.”

In the end, they did.  McKinnie said he’ll make $2.2 million.  He’ll also be able to earn the balance of that amount back in incentives.

Not bad for a guy who wasn’t one of the top five offensive linemen on the roster.

McKinnie sounds happy, but should he be?  “It put me in a corner,” McKinnie said of the team’s maneuver.

It also prevented McKinnie from getting a peek behind Door No. 2.

Though it would have been tampering for another team to suggest to McKinnie’s agent an amount McKinnie would have received if McKinnie had hit the market, tampering in that context happens all the time.  It’s called gauging the market, and agents aren’t doing their job if they don’t try to find out what another team would pay before telling the player’s current team that there will be no pay cut.

In this case, the Ravens raised the issue at the eleventh hour, giving McKinnie no viable opportunity to shop himself elsewhere.

The Ravens were fully within their rights to apply that maneuver.  But it was shrewd and it was aggressive and now, assuming the incentives fall into the “not likely to be earned” category, they have another $1 million in cap space for quarterback Joe Flacco’s contract.

39 responses to “Ravens applied perfect squeeze play to McKinnie

  1. I’m not a fan on this guy at all. I’m happy to hear he got screwed, but he still ends up making 2.2 million. Oh well, at least his creditors will get paid what they are owed.

  2. thats the way the NFL teams do Like it or not & yea the NFLPA Can’t do nothing about it Beside lets anwser this IS he or ISN’T he ne of the top five offensive linemen on the roster

  3. Another example of the grand utopian nature of the NFLPA union. The “brotherhood” sticking up for the common good rather than competing with one another for the man’s money!

  4. Hey Stew48. What the Steelers did with a young up and coming WR is different then a lienman who got $500K in March and still could nto show up to camp on time at weight.

    I am so sick of Steeler fans acting high and mighty.

    Rapist QB
    Anti American RB (Mendenhall)
    Drunk Driving Hero WR (Ward)
    Psychopath (Harrison)

    Just to name a few

  5. I love all of the Steelers fans bothering to comment on this. I could go into the whole “that’s so petty of steelers fans” argument, but I’ll just say this:
    Need I remind all of you black and yellow fellows that your aforementioned MIKE “shows up when he wants to” WALLACE is NOT signed, and will probably do a cash/weather grab somewhere in SD or Miami next year. You know I’m right. Oh, but your franchise handles it SOO well.

    Enjoy the backseat for years to come. And get off your bandwagon.

  6. Ratbird tactic??? Really?! Don’t hate us cus we know how to take care of business. They treated McKinnie just as he deserved. A lazy bum that showed up to camp out of shape. You all only wish you had a front office that takes care of business like the Ravens.

  7. If he would lose 50 pounds he could save his job and his life long term. But he won’t. He’s a lazy, fat, out of shape, can’t be counted on, bum.

  8. Should motivate McKinney to work extra hard to protect Flacco every time he’s reminded that the $1 million that was yanked from his pocket went into Flacco’s.

  9. Glad steelers fans make sure to compare themselves to ravens with every post. We have become your standard and for that I salute you.

    Standard nfl practice. Nothing to see here folks.

  10. Mark Schlereth told the truth. He says an NFL contract isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. This seems to validate what he always claimed, it happened to him the same way… I’m sure McKinnie is thrilled he’s got the “protection” of the union backing him up and sticking up for his rights- how much are those dues again?

  11. Not only do I lovethebusiness tactic applied, I applaud the hate foaming out of the mouth of our rival’s fans. Another glorious day to be a Raven fan. Another AFCN sweep coming up. Bank on it.

  12. ravensdominate says:
    Sep 4, 2012 10:08 PM
    Ratbird tactic??? Really?! Don’t hate us cus we know how to take care of business. They treated McKinnie just as he deserved. A lazy bum that showed up to camp out of shape. You all only wish you had a front office that takes care of business like the Ravens.


    Kinda like you took care of buisness in the AFC championship game last year?????

  13. I guess I am surprised that he agreed to a 2.2 m contract when the Jets are paying the clown from St. Louis around 2.5 m.

    At the same time, that is a lot of money to be betting at this late date. Keep in mind that it is guaranteed after Saturday. His salary is more in line with his value but I still think he is overpaid.

  14. phoff12 says:
    Sep 5, 2012 12:28 AM

    Kinda like you took care of buisness in the AFC championship game last year?????


    Really hope you’re not a Pittsburgh fan, you would have no room to be talking after getting burned by a cult figure who’s only an NFL quarterback due to his image in the Wildcard round.

  15. They provided motivation to a guy that, well, needs motivation. He can make his full original contract based on the number of games/snaps. They paid him a $500K workout bonus to show up to training camp in shape. He rolls in late (has his chiropractor call in for him) and totally out of shape. That’s all he has to do, that’s it – just show up in shape and he’s guaranteed a job that pays him 3+ million a year. The Ravens were probably so ticked off at that point that he probably was on the verge of being cut back then. Currently he’s a borderline starter at best. I don’t think a team cuts their startling left tackle a week before the season starts. Personally, I think he should be thanking the Ravens for being so patient and putting up with his antics for so long.

  16. The Rooneys & Kevin Colbert never apply these principals to players, they are the class act of the league.

  17. Squeeze play huh? Check out stuartscottslefteye’s comment. Guy had the starting job, and gave it away to K.O. in training camp. All you GMs out there that think we “done him wrong”, go pick him up…and then ask the Chargers how they’re feeling about Jared Gaither right about now.

  18. What’s REALLY sad is envying and hating a rival AFCN team soooooooo much that you keep erasing your cookies so you can come back over and over to skew the thumbs up/down votes the way you *want* them instead of actually letting the truth vote ya down.

    It’s obvious. You know who you are:

    Mr. Cheating the Thumbs Vote, we salute you!

    I think your mommy’s callin’ you….

  19. It’s okay for the Ravens to squeeze McKinnie 2 days before the season starts? But it’s not okay for MJD to hold during training camp?

    The League & teams have pulled the wool over the masses’s sheep eyes.

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