I’ll admit that I’m very happy the Ravens resigned Bryant McKinnie. I didn’t want Kelechi Osemele to play left tackle, as I think he can be a Pro Bowl-caliber left guard, and I think we can all agree that Michael Oher can’t handle it.
They weren’t going to be able to trade up and get one of the elite left tackle prospects in the draft so they didn’t have a lot of other options.
Branden Albert would have been a great fit but the price was way too rich for Ravens blood.
Once the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers got involved with McKinnie, the Ravens had to make their move, signing him to a two-year deal that could be worth up to seven million dollars.
Now the question: Is anyone else a little worried about which Bryant McKinnie the Ravens are going to get now that he has some security?
I know if he’s a good soldier he will make more money but that hasn’t stopped him from eating himself out of a job (in Minnesota) or showing a lack of intensity in practice throughout his career.
Maybe John Harbaugh kept McKinnie in the doghouse too long last season but there was a legitimate reason why he got there in the first place.
I am hoping for the best – that Bryant McKinnie has matured and will be a hard worker.
That the Ravens will see the effort we all saw during the Super Bowl run.
If the old Bryant McKinnie shows up though, I won’t be surprised.