What Baltimore received in return is not yet known, but this would bring the veteran lineman’s tumultuous time with the organization to a close. Each of the last two seasons, McKinnie had trouble getting into playing shape in training camp, putting his job in question. In 2012, he lost his starting spot right before the season began and didn’t regain it until the playoffs.
His quality play during the Ravens’ Super Bowl run earned the 34-year-old a two-year contract in the offseason.
McKinnie played 37 games over the last three seasons with the Ravens. He started the first five contests this year before his ineffectiveness pushed management to acquire left tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jaguars. McKinnie was inactive for each of Baltimore’s last two games since Monroe took over as the starter.
Update: Coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t confirm that the McKinnie trade was completed, but said he was told by general manager Ozzie Newsome that it was close to being made official.
Harbaugh was willing to comment on parting ways with McKinnie and said the Ravens will receive a conditional late-round pick.
“It’s a good move for us. I think it’s a good move for Bryant,” Harbaugh said. “I’m happy for Bryant. I think it’s a good opportunity for him. More than anything, that’s the most important thing. It’s a conditional late pick. It’s just an opportunity for Bryant to go down there and play well.”