Friday, May 3, 2013
McKinnie right back to starting?
By Tim Kavanagh
In a move that surprised some, the Baltimore Ravens won the Bryant McKinnie sweepstakes on Thursday, signing the Miami product to a two-year deal. There are some who were of the belief that McKinnie's other free agent visits were merely a leverage play to push the Ravens to bring him back, and if that's the case, it worked. So will he go right back to starting?
That remains to be seen, as the club may want to let the Kelechi Osemele experiment at LT play out somewhat during the off- and preseason work. But, if it doesn't work out, the Ravens know that they have a fallback option already on the roster. ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley notes that they probably would've preferred waiting to make the deal:
Jamison HensleyReward outweighs risk for Ravens, McKinnie
"The Ravens would have wanted this to play out differently. I'm sure they would have liked to see how Osemele did in offseason camps the next six weeks. If he struggled, then they could have reached out to McKinnie. But the interest from the Dolphins and Chargers forced the Ravens to make a decision. Of all the options available, the Ravens made the right choice. Now if only the Ravens could figure out what to do at wide receiver."