Bryant McKinnie Will Play LT For Ravens; Michael Oher Goes Back To RT

Bryant McKinnie joined the Ravens this week and was told he will play left tackle which means Michael Oher will return to the right side.

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Bryant McKinnie Will Be Ravens LT; Michael Oher Moves Back To RT

The Baltimore Ravens played the Washington Redskins on Thursday night but did it without their future left tackle. Michael Oher was in there but, since they acquired Bryant McKinnie, Oher is no longer the future at left tackle.

Once the Ravens signed McKinnie, they told him he'd be playing left tackle. That meant Oher, who played right tackle as a rookie and left tackle in year two last season, would move back to the right side.

For his part, Oher says he's got no problem with the switch.

"I'm a football player," Oher said. "I love being out there. This is my dream, to play in the NFL, and the Ravens drafted me. There's no pride involved. I'm trying to win games. I want to win a Super Bowl. It's no big deal for me to go back to right tackle. I never had a problem with it."

Frankly, he was better on the right side his rookie year than he was on the left side so from a team standpoint I think this may be the best move. Assuming McKinnie gets into shape quickly and starts to contribute, the Ravens offensive line has the potential to be better.

Check out Baltimore Beatdown to see what Ravens fans have to say about the switch.

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Bryant McKinnie, Baltimore Ravens Reach Agreement On Contract

On Tuesday morning it was reported that the Baltimore Ravens were "very interested" in free agent OT Bryant McKinnie and on Tuesday afternoon it's now being reported that the two sides have reached an agreement on a deal.

No word yet on the money involved or the length of the contract. He was reportedly looking for about $2.5 million. I wouldn't be surprised if it were a short-term deal as many of the free agents still on the market are signing one-year deals in order to try again at free agency next year.

McKinnie is clearly talented and has the ability to become one of the best offensive tackles in the game. What's not clear, however, is how much he has dedicated himself to being physically. Reportedly, McKinnie showed up to the Vikings last month out of shape which is one of the reasons they cut ties with him.

The reason I think this could work in Baltimore is because the Ravens are a very veteran team that has a tendency to keep some of these guys in line as far as preparing themselves physically and mentally for the season.

The Ravens signed OT Mark LeVoir recently and have rookie OT Jah Reid so McKinnie could quickly challenge for playing time on the right side (if that's where the Ravens indeed put him).

Check out Baltimore Beatdown to see what Ravens fans think of adding McKinnie.

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Bryant McKinnie Reportedly Drawing Interest From Baltimore Ravens

The Minnesota Vikings surprisingly parted ways with OT Bryant McKinnie when the new league year opened and he has yet to find a home for the 2011 season. The last we heard on him his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was sending an email to teams offering his services for only (only?) $2.5 million.

The latest news on McKinnie is tying him to the Baltimore Ravens. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times reports that the Ravens are "very interested" in McKinnie for the 2011 season. The Ravens just signed OT Mark LeVoir after the New England Patriots released him, and they have rookie OT Jah Reid as a possibility as well. 

A team may be more interested in signing McKinnie after the first week of the season so his entire 2011 salary won't be guaranteed. That, or a contract could include heavy clauses relating to his weight.

McKinnie reportedly came back to the Vikings facility out of shape and overweight so he's not necessarily ready to step in and play immediately but if he's in shape, he could be a heck of a bargain on the free agent market right now.

We'll see if the Ravens make a play for him. He's had his issues but Baltimore is a veteran-heavy team that can handle guys like McKinnie.

Check out Baltimore Beatdown to see what Ravens fans think of the possibility.

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Bryant McKinnie's Agent Offers Tackle's Services For $2.5 Million

Bryant McKinnie still wants to play football in 2011 following a murky exit from the Minnesota Vikings due to his friendly physique. According to NFL.com's Jason La Canfora, McKinnie agent Drew Rosenhaus sent an email to teams putting the player's price tag for the upcoming season at $2.5 million. 

Bonuses included, McKinnie hasn't made that little (little!) in a season since 2003, when his cap figure reached $2.48 million.

Free agency isn't yet over by any means, and teams are finding out that their players are arriving for camp with, shall we say, injury-prone tendons and whatnot. Should a club suddenly find itself in need of a seasoned tackle, Rosenhaus might just find himself with a brand new Re: in his inbox.

That's how email works, you guys.

For more free agency news, head over to the SB Nation 2011 NFL Free Agency page. For more Vikings analysis, visit Daily Norseman.

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Bryant McKinnie Claims He Asked Vikings To Release Him

It's never a good sign when you're going to TMZ as the media source to back up your claims but former Minnesota Vikings OT Bryant McKinnie told them that the reason the Vikings cut him was because he asked them to following his benching over health issues.

"McKinnie was placed on the reserve/non-injury list yesterday, after doctors said his cholesterol was too high and he had to lose weight -- but McKinnie tells us, "I'll definitely be ready for next season. That's not even a question."

The Vikings have also released a statement regarding the move:

"This decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interests of our football team as we move forward preparing for the season. We appreciate Bryant’s contributions to the Vikings, and we wish him the best in the future."

The move does give McKinnie time to sign with another team. However, it's going to be interesting to see if anyone takes a chance on him given the health concerns.

For more free agency news, head over to the SB Nation 2011 NFL Free Agency page. For more Vikings analysis, visit Daily Norseman.

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Bryant McKinnie Cut By Vikings, According To Reports

Bryant McKinnie will not be a Viking in 2011, after nine seasons in Minnesota.

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