Bryant McKinnie, all nearly 400-lbs. of him, is a Baltimore Raven.
The 31-year-old offensive tackle confirmed on his Twitter account that he has agreed to terms with the Ravens, giving the team a huge presence (literally) along their O-line. The agreement was initially reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.
UPDATE: The Ravens have announced it’s a two-year agreement with McKinnie. He will need to pass a physical tomorrow for the deal to be official.
Multiple reports indicate that the contract is worth up to $7.5 million, including $1 million guaranteed.
As I mentioned earlier, McKinnie is an above-average tackle when he’s in shape and motivated. Right now, it’s unclear whether he’s either.
The 31-year-old was cut by the Vikings earlier this month after he reported to camp at close to four-bills (400-lbs., for those of you who prefer the technical terminology), which is 65-lbs. more than his 2010 playing weight of 335-lbs.
McKinnie also possesses a lengthy legal history - detailed in the link above - and he didn’t have a great off-field reputation in Minnesota.
The Ravens will have to see what type of shape McKinnie is in before they hand him a starting job, but if he’s able to get into the necessary playing condition, he could make things interesting from a coaching and front office perspective.
The 10-year veteran’s natural position is left tackle, which he played at a pretty high level with the Vikings. The Ravens could opt to move McKinnie to right tackle and have him occupy that vacant spot, or they could slide current left tackle Michael Oher back to the right side.
Oher posted a strong rookie season at right tackle, but didn’t make the smoothest transition to left tackle last season. If McKinnie is able to handle a starting workload, moving Oher back to right tackle might be the Ravens’ best option, but it could have a negative effect on the 2009 first-round pick’s confidence.