The Ravens didn’t use one of their top draft picks on an offensive tackle last week, and perhaps their latest move explains why.
Baltimore agreed in principle to a new two-year contract with left tackle Bryant McKinnie, according to the team’s website.
McKinnie, 33, returns to the Ravens for a third straight season after a strange year where he came to training camp late, struggled to get in shape and didn’t start a single game during the regular season. But the former Pro Bowler reclaimed his starting job for the team’s run to the Super Bowl, and was a key part of an offensive line that performed superbly during the postseason.
McKinnie reportedly visited the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers before opting to return to Baltimore.
That provides the unit with some continuity after center Matt Birk’s retirement, leaving the offensive line with just one big hole to fill.
Update: The Ravens also have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with sixth-round defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, according to The Sun.
Lewis-Moore is the first Ravens draft pick to come to terms.