The Baltimore Ravens solidify their offensive line, re-signing left tackle Bryant McKinnie to a two-year contract.
McKinnie opted to stay in Baltimore where he won a Super Bowl championship, turning down the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers after visits and initial interest from the Dallas Cowboys as well.
Head coach John Harbaugh inserted McKinnie into the starting left tackle spot just before the playoffs and the offensive line played some of its best football of the season after that, allowing Joe Flacco to have one of the more impressive runs in NFL playoff history.
The move to re-sign McKinnie allows the Ravens a more balanced lineup on the offensive line. Kelechi Osemele stays at left guard, Gino Gradkowski will receive every opportunity to win the job at center and Michael Oher will play at right tackle.
After so much turnover this off-season following the Super Bowl Championship, the Ravens have addressed and upgraded nearly every position
The 33-year old tackle battled injuries and weight issues last season and did not start a regular season game for the Ravens who will make a reported $7 million over the next two seasons according to The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson that also includes incentive clauses and a signing bonus.
McKinney may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but he’s a serviceable veteran who can get the job done with the team not having drafted a long-term replacement at left tackle.