McKinnie Agrees to Restructured Deal

McKinnie is Still a Raven.

It was a strange day for the Ravens and tackle Bryant McKinnie as the two went through contract renegotiations.

But at the end of all of it, McKinnie is still in purple and black.

According to The Baltimore Sun, McKinnie was set to make $3.2 million in base salary this season. The report says the Ravens asked him to take a 50-percent cut. The two sides reportedly settled on $2.2 million contract with incentives that could get McKinnie back to his original $3.2 million, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport.

Now that the money situation has been resolved the next issue doesn’t apear to be so clear. Whether McKinnie will be the Ravens’ starting left tackle in six days when they square off against the Cincinnati Bengals remains to be seen. He did start in the third preseason game, which is considered the most reflective of what fans should expect to see during the regular season.

But McKinnie himself indicated that the Ravens expressed doubt in their recent meeting.

“The thing [they said] was, ‘Oh, I’m not sure if you’re [in] our top five offensive linemen or not,’” McKinnie said. “All of a sudden I don’t know where this came from either. I was just thrown off by the whole thing.”

McKinnie was asked if it was his assumption that he would be starting at left tackle on Monday night.

“I think that’s the assumption everybody had when I was in that third preseason game until I was called into their office yesterday,” he said.

Well, I look at it this way, you don’t normally ask a player to take a pay cut that you expect to really help your team. My guess is that the emergence of Kelechi Osemele has made the team rethink McKinnie’s value. How the starting lineup shakes out on Monday night at this point is still anyone’s guess though.

 

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