The Baltimore Ravens reportedly reached a two-year agreement with offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie earlier this afternoon.
There have been question marks surrounding this teams offensive line all preseason. With this signing, the Ravens bring in one of the most talented yet troubled free agents remaining.
The deal is still pending tomorrow’s physical, which could soil the deal. After reporting to the Minnesota Vikings out of shape at a reported 400 pounds, the Vikings felt they had no other choice but to cut the former Pro Bowler.
It certainly comes as no surprise here that the Ravens went out and brought in the caliber of player that Bryant McKinnie has proven to be in the past. That being said, it may come as a surprise to some that the Ravens are taking the risk they are on McKinnie after parting ways with Jared Gaither who had similar character issues.
McKinnie’s role at this point is undetermined after starting his first eight years at left tackle for the Vikings. The Ravens could insert McKinnie at right tackle. However, depending on what kind of shape the Miami product is in, the Ravens could opt to keep McKinnie at his natural left tackle position with Michael Oher shifting back to right tackle.
Since being drafted as the number seven overall pick in 2002, McKinnie has been charged with three off-field incidences.
In 2005, McKinnie was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct in a street fight. That very same year, he was involved in the “Love Boat” incident, later pleading guilty to a disorderly conduct charge.
Then three years later, in 2008, he was charged with aggravated battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after taking part in a brawl outside a Miami nightclub.
When McKinnie was voted to the Pro Bowl after the 2009 season, he failed to show up for practices and was scratched from the game.
For his career, McKinnie has appeared in 131 games, starting 130 of those games.