Did Baltimore Ravens Lose Leverage With Bryan McKinnie Thanks to 2013 NFL Draft Haul?

By Thomas Emerick
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Prior to the draft, it was rumored that the Baltimore Ravens were looking to trade further up into the first round with particular interest in snagging offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who ended up leaving the board at No. 4 to the Philadelphia Eagles. This ended up falling through, and the Ravens’ seeming quest for a left tackle to replace Bryant McKinnie continued into the later rounds of Day 3.

While moving up for Johnson required a high price, it was thought that Baltimore could even settle for the next tier of left tackle prospects in the second and third rounds, but that did not come to fruition as even the likes of Arkansas-Pine Bluff LT Terron Armstead were slipping away.

Baltimore would snag tackles Ricky Wagner in Round 5 and Ryan Jensen in Round 6, though the Ravens couldn’t possibly be satisfied with either protecting their handsomely paid franchise quarterback, right?

Well, it’s looking more likely that the McKinnie contingency could vanish, as the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the veteran left tackle is making visits.

“Ravens veteran free agent offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie is visiting the Miami Dolphins today and taking a physical, according to a source,” said the Sun’s Aaron Wilson. “He’s scheduled to visit the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday, a visit that got scheduled tonight. No deal has developed at this stage, though, with the source saying: “Nothing more than (a) visit right now.”

Obviously, this does not mean McKinnie is long gone by any means. However, the fact that Baltimore waited so long to address the tackle position in the 2013 NFL Draft gives McKinnie yet more leverage. If McKinnie can land a deal elsewhere — he would probably be the best option for San Diego or Miami — then it will get to the point where the Ravens may need McKinnie more than McKinnie needs the Ravens.

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