Report: Ravens don’t expect to sign McKinnie before free agency

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One way or another, the Ravens are almost certain to have Joe Flacco locked up for at least the 2013 season before the start of free agency.

The same can’t be said of left tackle Bryant McKinnie. Jason La Canfora of reports that the Ravens don’t expect to have a new deal done with McKinnie before he is eligible to hit the open market. Both sides have expressed an interest in continuing their working relationship, but waiting to ink a deal makes sense on both sides.

McKinnie gets a chance to see if the market pushes his price above what the Ravens might have been willing to offer while bidding against themselves. The Ravens, meanwhile, could wind up getting McKinnie at a cheaper price if the market has the opposite reaction as well as holding open the possibility of signing a different tackle whose price drops thanks to a crowded market for tackles this offseason.

The Flacco talks are obviously top priority for the Ravens, who are also expected to make a run at keeping linebacker Dannell Ellerbe from becoming a free agent. Per La Canfora, there haven’t been any talks with safety Ed Reed to this point.

10 responses to “Report: Ravens don’t expect to sign McKinnie before free agency

  1. Can’t wait to see this guy eat himself out of football again once he inks a deal.

    Though most of that will go to pay back his $4.5M lockout loan. Dude’s obviously really, really sharp.

  2. I have resigned myself to accepting that #20 won’t be on the roster next season. Even mock drafts are assuming the same thing by having the Ravens pick up a safety at 32nd pick. But that means we need to lock down the core team for the next several years.

  3. Ed Reed wants nothing to do with the patriots why would he want to goto a team the ravens have owned as of late. Superbowl run? How about staying with the defending Superbowl champs. Sounds like a much better plan to me.

  4. McKinnie was a huge (literally) part of the Super Bowl run. But let’s face it. He got it together and played hard for 4 games. Will he do it for 17 weeks plus the postseason? That is definitely a gamble.

  5. Agreed jdfrox. McKinnie is not a sure fire lock to showing up for an entire season. But then again, since Caldwell came on board the entire offense came together. I guess we’ll have to see what Steve, Ozzie and creww have to say…

  6. Just like Ray Lewis in ’09, Ed’s situation is eerily similar in the sense that the number Ed has in his head(seeing he’s his own agent) is not what reality has in store. No one is gonna fork out what he thinks he’s worth. So he, just like Ray, will test the market and the market will show his current 2013 value and not the 2004 value that’s in his head. Once reality strikes, I believe what the Ravens offer in comparison to the highest bidder will not be enough to make him go.

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