Ravens blew more than $2 million on McKinnie


Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome, who probably would make it to the Hall of Fame as an executive if he wasn’t already there as a player, has earned the benefit of making a mistake or two.

In re-signing left tackle Bryant McKinnie, Newsome and the Ravens gave McKinnie a $2 million signing bonus.

McKinnie also received more than $411,000 in game checks, and he was eligible for a $200,000 workout bonus and a $6,250 per-game weight bonus.

The Ravens had two years with McKinnie; it should come as no surprise that he’s a bit of a handful, or more.  But since six-foot, eight-inch guys with a playing weight of 360 pounds don’t grow on trees (and trees everywhere are thankful for that), the Ravens had to roll the dice.

They did.  And it came up craps.

32 responses to “Ravens blew more than $2 million on McKinnie

  1. What a waste, give home the motivation of some other players(Sproles comes to mind) and he would be a beast.

  2. the entire state of MN could have told you this but it was still worth it for the ravens because they probably don’t make that playoff run and win the SB without him.

  3. “in ozzie we trust” hahahaha what a joke!! blows a super bowl team up…if they did that in Pittsburgh we would be rioting in the streets. guy should lose his job. not be praised!!! terrible job…

  4. As a Ravens fan I’ll admit that Oz messed this one up a bit and he’s not as perfect as some people believe. He’s still better than most and in the conversation for the best. Thanks for the playoff run last year big mac, time to move on. I still have faith in Oz moving forward.

  5. based on the playoff run, i had high hopes for mckinney this season. now im glad hes gone. the fact the we got a draft pick for him is astounding. i would have taken a 6 pack of iron city

  6. Helped the Raven’s win a Super Bowl, but it makes me sick he actually got a ring and pile of cash.

    More than likely he’ll be broke in 2 years and pawn the ring…

  7. baltimoresnativeson says:
    Considering they had NOBODY to play left tackle at the start of the season, they pretty much had to pay him.
    This is the same reasoning used to justify Flacco’s deal.

  8. Lately, as in last couple games? Beautifully. Dexter Jackson, Doug Williams, Santonio Holmes, Larry Brown. Actually if you think about it, Flacco’s story is almost identical to Larry Brown’s. Didn’t he get an exaggerated deal based on a SB performance too?

  9. Ozzie didn’t mess up anything. Inserting McKinnie helped win us the Superbowl. To me that was worth the investment. It wasn’t like we were drafting in the top half of the round and could get another left tackle. It is not Michael Oher’s position. Eugene Monroe has graded out very well in two games. Let’s see how he plays the rest of the season before slamming Ozzie. Do you think 3/4 of the NFL would trade that 2 million for a Lombardi? If you answer no, then you are fooling yourself.

  10. If we would have only had a servicable LT in the wings we could have dumped McKinnie and kept Boldin.

    Gradkowski is the weakest link at this point but he is young so I can give him a break, but not for long

    Who doesn’t get a break from me is Castilla and his run blocking scheme. It clearly isn’t working so I hope they fix that during the bye week.

  11. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 21, 2013 9:18 PM

    baltimoresnativeson says:
    Considering they had NOBODY to play left tackle at the start of the season, they pretty much had to pay him.
    This is the same reasoning used to justify Flacco’s deal.
    Right on nativeson, at the start of the season they were faced with moving KO over to tackle or moving Oher back over. Signing him was another chance for him and best move for the Ravens at the time. He didn’t deliver, now Monroe will.

    crown, Flacco’s deal was because he had a great post season run and was MVP. He isn’t perfect but he is a QB you can build a franchise around. Time for you to pick a new whipping boy.

  12. To have major success in life, unlike many commenting here, you also have some failures. Doubters on here criticizing Ozzie, never understand that.

  13. Really good LTs are usually drafted early in the 1st round. Because of the Ravens success, they don’t get a chance to draft a great LT. Sometimes, they have to “rent” players to maintain their success. Nobody does it better than Ozzie.

  14. I did not know he was playing badly. Sorry for your loss yesterday. Tough game and hard fought. I am sure things will get better after your bye week.

  15. I did not get to watch much of the game. I was too busy watching Brandon Wedone’s head explode!

  16. Hello? Anybody home? Ozzie got Jax to eat most of Monroe’s ’13 salary which more than offset the $2 million paid to pop n fresh. It’s called making a mistake followed by a great recovery.

  17. He earned the right to make a mistake or two.

    If you know how to earn benefits from making mistakes you need to write a book, I promise I’ll be at your book signing. 😉

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