Report: Ravens “very interested” in offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie (updated)

The Ravens bolstered their depth at offensive tackle earlier this week when they signed former Patriots lineman Mark LeVoir.

But GM Ozzie Newsome might not be done looking for reinforcements at tackle just yet.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Ravens are “very interested” in free agent tackle Bryant McKinnie, who was released by the Vikings earlier this month.

McKinnie, 31, had his share of issues in Minnesota; he was involved in the infamous “Love Boat” incident in 2005, was arrested as part of a street fight that same year, was arrested in 2008 after a brawl outside a Miami nightclub, and then unexpectedly skipped out on the 2009 Pro Bowl.

He also reportedly showed up to training camp this year at close to 400 lbs., which is 65 lbs. heavier than his 2010 listed weight of 335 lbs.

McKinnie played left tackle for the Vikings. If signed - and that is a big “if” at this point - he could possibly handle that spot for the Ravens, allowing Michael Oher to move back to right tackle. Oher played a solid right tackle his rookie season, but struggled at times while playing left tackle for the Ravens last season.

When in good shape and the right frame of mind, McKinnie is a quality offensive tackle who could certainly help the Ravens. The question is whether he is either of those things right now.

UPDATE: We just experienced a legitimate earthquake here at Ravens headquarters. No word if McKinnie is walking into the building.

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