Thursday, May 2, 2013
Ravens keep Bryant McKinnie
ESPN.com news services
BALTIMORE -- Bryant McKinnie has decided to remain with the Ravens.
After joining Baltimore in 2011 and winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens last season, McKinnie looked at other teams as a free agent. But Thursday he agreed to a two-year deal to stay put.
The deal, which carries a maximum value of $7 million, also includes a signing bonus, incentive clauses and workout bonuses, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The 33-year-old McKinnie is an 11-year NFL veteran who spent his first nine seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He joined Baltimore as a starter in 2011, but was a backup for most of last season. However, he started all four postseason victories at left tackle last winter as the Ravens won the NFL championship.
McKinnie had recently made free-agent visits with the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers. The Baltimore Sun reported that both teams had made contract offers to him.
The 11-year veteran didn't start for the Ravens during the regular season in 2012 but was inserted into the starting lineup for the playoffs after he improved his conditioning.
He was praised by coach John Harbaugh for protecting quarterback Joe Flacco, keeping pass rushers such as the Dwight Freeney, Von Miller and Aldon Smith in check, in the Ravens' run to a Super Bowl victory.
Baltimore has used Michael Oher at left tackle, but he fits better on the right side. And the Ravens didn't draft any tackles last week, taking just one offensive lineman: guard Ricky Wagner of Wisconsin.
So there's a place for McKinnie to be a starter again in Baltimore.
McKinnie has 148 starts in 164 career games in addition to 11 playoff starts.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.