Monday, April 15, 2013
Bryant McKinnie: No interest from Dolphins
By James Walker
MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins are still searching for a left tackle to replace four-time Pro Bowler Jake Long, who bolted to the St. Louis Rams in free agency.
Free-agent left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who is a former Pro Bowler and star at the University of Miami, is still looking for work after helping the Baltimore Ravens win a Super Bowl.
Is Miami a potential match?
ESPN.com's AFC East blog caught up with McKinnie at his charity event Sunday evening to benefit the South Beach All-Stars youth basketball team. The left tackle and former Hurricane said he's not on the Dolphins' radar.
"No," McKinnie responded to whether Miami reached out. "I think a lot of teams are trying to wait until after the draft to see what they can get and just go from there. But I don't mind waiting until after the draft."
McKinnie said he is getting interest from the San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints and the Ravens this offseason. A return to Baltimore is still a good possibility, according to McKinnie.
"[The Ravens] have also been hitting me up and keeping me in the loop," McKinnie said. "They also want me to keep them in the loop to make sure I don't make any decisions before anything is final."
Despite Miami's lack of interest, McKinnie likes the direction the Dolphins are going and said they are "on the right track." Miami spent a lot of money this offseason to boost its roster by signing free agents such as receiver Mike Wallace, tight end Dustin Keller, cornerback Brent Grimes and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who is a former teammate of McKinnie's in Baltimore. Yet, left tackle remains a big hole on Miami's roster.
The Dolphins must address the offensive tackle position sooner than later. All indications are pointing to Miami looking to the draft over veteran free agents like McKinnie, Eric Winston and others.