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Ravens take huge risk with McKinnie

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08:00 AM ET 08.24 | The Ravens attempted to bolster their offensive line by signing offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie on Tuesday. The 6-foot-8, 350-plus-pound lineman was technically a Pro Bowl player for the Vikings in 2009 even though he didn't bother showing up for any of the Pro Bowl practices and was kicked off the NFC squad. The talent is there for McKinnie to be the Ravens' short-term answer at right tackle -- or maybe even left tackle -- but there are a few reasons why the soon-to-be 32-year-old was still on the free agent market. For one, he has been charged in three different incidents since entering the NFL in 2002. ... He also was cut by the Vikings this summer for showing up to camp in awful shape, reportedly more than 50 pounds overweight.

The Baltimore Sun

John Harbaugh, Icon Sports John Harbaugh, Icon Sports
August 24, 2011  08:01 AM ET

Good pick up.

August 24, 2011  08:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Good pick up.

Good over the hill pick up.

August 24, 2011  08:10 AM ET

Wonder if his **** is in shape?



I'm betting not.

August 24, 2011  08:11 AM ET

Sounds like the offensive version of Albert Haynesworth.

August 24, 2011  08:12 AM ET

Ravens...


Hahahahahaaa!!!!

August 24, 2011  08:24 AM ET

I think the NFL should hire me and give me a second chance. Even though there technically was no first chance. Here's how I want my contract to read; For the next 5 years $150 million dollars $50 million guaranteed. My bonuses will include that I show up everyday and stay within a set weight and stay out of trouble with the law. The fact that I'm over 50 years old should not be a hinderance because I'm sure I could outrun some of these football players.

August 24, 2011  08:30 AM ET

Why is it a huge risk? Did they pay him a pile of guaranteed up-front money? I doubt it. Does he have a no-cut contract? I doubt it.

If he's not performing by week 4 or 5, they can show him the door. Like the Haynesworth deal with the Pats, it's low risk, high reward.

August 24, 2011  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Why is it a huge risk? Did they pay him a pile of guaranteed up-front money? I doubt it. Does he have a no-cut contract? I doubt it.If he's not performing by week 4 or 5, they can show him the door. Like the Haynesworth deal with the Pats, it's low risk, high reward.

That's not the only similarity to the Haynesworthless deal.

August 24, 2011  08:48 AM ET

6'8", 350 lbs, it would take a while just to run around this guy whether he blocks or not

August 24, 2011  10:06 AM ET

Maybe it's just me, but if it came down to me laying off the hamburgers and fries, or give up a chance to make millions of dollars playing a !@#$%^& game, I'm thinking I would make some sacrifices and limit my 'burger + fries intake accordingly ;]

August 24, 2011  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

6'8", 350 lbs, it would take a while just to run around this guy whether he blocks or not

Not if he can't get out of his stance. He can't even move from a two point stance, let alone a three point. Speed rushers go right around him, and power rushers go right through him. The only thing he was good at on a football field was walking to the sidelines when the Vikes had to punt again.

August 24, 2011  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

6'8", 350 lbs, it would take a while just to run around this guy whether he blocks or not

You'd think so...but somehow a whole lot of guys had no trouble getting around him the last couple of years in Minnesota.

August 24, 2011  10:52 AM ET

50 lbs overweight show how thin they are on the offensive line...if he still had a lot left he wouldn't have been a free agent this long...red flags

August 24, 2011  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Why is it a huge risk? Did they pay him a pile of guaranteed up-front money? I doubt it. Does he have a no-cut contract? I doubt it.If he's not performing by week 4 or 5, they can show him the door. Like the Haynesworth deal with the Pats, it's low risk, high reward.

Plus Ray Lewis will be yelling at him often LOL

August 24, 2011  11:07 AM ET

He's Baltimore's problem now. You better pray Flacco doesn't get killed every pass attempt that McKinnie is in there.

August 24, 2011  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Why is it a huge risk?

I don't think the headline intended "huge" to modify the word "risk."

August 24, 2011  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

6'8", 350 lbs, it would take a while just to run around this guy whether he blocks or not

but if he falls on the ground...you might get a delay of game penelty by the time he gets back up and back to the huddle

August 24, 2011  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Ravens...Hahahahahaaa!!!!

Redskins???....wait, they still have a team in D.C.?

Shanny is still the coach?

Gibbs is still alive?

REALLY?!

August 24, 2011  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

6'8", 350 lbs, it would take a while just to run around this guy whether he blocks or not

haha, good call Mangler!

 
August 24, 2011  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Not if he can't get out of his stance. He can't even move from a two point stance, let alone a three point. Speed rushers go right around him, and power rushers go right through him. The only thing he was good at on a football field was walking to the sidelines when the Vikes had to punt again.

sounds like sour grapes to me.

i bet you wouldn't be saying that if he were still there and in shape.

the guy went to several pro bowls; he's no slouch.

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