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Ravens elect to pick up McKinnie’s roster bonus

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(Credits: Christopher T. Assaf/The Baltimore Sun)

The Baltimore Ravens have retained starting left tackle Bryant McKinnie, electing to pick up his $500,000 roster for next season, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times.

There had been buzzing that the Ravens were thinking of parting ways with McKinnie because they had a visit scheduled with free agent Eric Winston, the best right tackle in the free-agent market. It was thought the Ravens would sign Winston, move Michael Oher from right tackle back to left tackle and release McKinnie.

However, McKinnie, 32, met with team officials Thursday to discuss his status for next season and the meeting resulted in him coming back for the 2012 season. McKinnie is scheduled to make $3.2 million next season.

In his first season in the Charm City, McKinnie had his shares of ups and downs especially in the run blocking department. By picking up his bonus, it appears the Ravens are giving every indication that they are committed to McKinnie as the team’s left tackle for at least one more season.