Bryant McKinnie May Be Released By Ravens Over Contract: Fantasy Implications

May 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie (78), tackle Michael Oher (74) and tackle Marshal Yanda (73) during the Baltimore Ravens OTA at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Bryant McKinnie may soon be released from the Ravens as negotiations falter to restructure the left tackle's contract. We break down the fantasy implications.

Bryant McKinnie tweeted up a media frenzy Tuesday afternoon, implying that he would soon be released from the Baltimore Ravens as negotiations to restructure his contract apparently faltered. The starting left tackle tweeted "Decision is made! I'm gone!" but later sent a text to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun saying that team has not made an official decision.

Analysis: McKinnie's release would move Michael Oher over to left tackle, where the former first-round pick has struggled in the past. Rookie Kelechi Osemele, a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, would take over at right tackle. Without McKinnie, the Ravens' offense line will certainly struggle in the short term, affecting quarterback Joe Flacco in the passing game and running back Ray Rice in the running game. Rice will be a weekly start in most fantasy lineups regardless, but those considering starting Flacco will absolutely want to take note.

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