Last week the Baltimore Ravens did something they’ve never done in franchise history by making a trade during the season. The Ravens sent 4th and 5th round picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars for starting LT Eugene Monroe. The timing for the trade couldn’t have been more perfect for the Ravens as the Jaguars’ first round pick Luke Joeckel was lost for the season in their game against the St. Louis Rams. Joeckel had been placed in Monroe’s LT spot.
Earlier this offseason the Ravens made an interesting move in re-signing veteran LT Bryant McKinnie. McKinnie was benched for the entire 2012 season but inserted as the starting LT for the Ravens’ amazing playoff run. McKinnie was fresh, focused, and played phenomenally during the four game postseason run. When it came to the possibility of re-signing McKinnie the question became, can McKinnie hold up through a 16-game season and possibly a few playoff games at age 34? I didn’t think so, and I wasn’t a fan of the Ravens’ move to re-sign him. Five games into the season McKinnie did nothing to alleviate my fears. McKinnie knowing he was a lame duck in last Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins looked more uninterested and unfocused then I had ever seen. Joe Flacco was getting beat up more then Jesse Pinkman did on “Breaking Bad”.
Despite what Head Coach John Harbaugh is saying, we all know that Monroe will be the starting LT this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers and going forward. McKinnie is done for, and I don’t even think he should be kept as a backup. The Ravens probably wouldn’t be able to get much for him but will be better off by not dealing with the headache. I’d love to hear what all of you think, so make sure to leave a comment here or on one of my social media outlets listed below. Thanks for reading.
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