It was only a matter of time, but it finally happened. The Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle to trade LT Bryant McKinnie to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional late round pick in the 2014 Draft. McKinnie became expendable after the Ravens made a blockbuster trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars a few weeks ago for LT Eugene Monroe. Monroe has started for the Ravens the past two weeks, while McKinnie has rode the pine.
McKinnie will likely replace Tyson Clabo, who has been struggling mightily for the Dolphins. A new start could be good for McKinnie who seemed complacent in Baltimore following a Super Bowl championship last year.
For the Ravens, Monroe is clearly the guy going forward at LT. What’s interesting though is the primary backup at LT is now rookie Rick Wagner. Wagner replaced an injured Michael Oher during a Week 1 loss against the Denver Broncos. Wagner clearly wasn’t ready, which is understandable at the time, but clearly John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome are confident enough in him going forward. Otherwise Newsome wouldn’t have traded McKinnie away.
It will be interesting to see what happens next year. Monroe and Oher will both be unrestricted free agents, along with some other big names like Dennis Pitta, Arthur Jones, and Jacoby Jones.
My guess is that the Ravens will choose to re-sign Monroe and let Oher walk while Wagner will compete for the starting RT job. If this scenario happens like I’ve mapped it out, then the Ravens would likely spend one of their first three draft picks next year on a tackle.
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