When the season began, Bryant McKinnie was trying to help the Ravens return to the playoffs. Now McKinnie is trying to keep the Ravens out of the playoffs.
McKinnie is the Dolphins’ starting left tackle, traded to Miami after the Ravens acquired Eugene Monroe. The Ravens (7-6) and Dolphins (7-6) are among the teams battling for the AFC’s last wild card spot, and Ravens running back Ray Rice is keeping close tabs on the Dolphins through his close friend McKinnie. After the Dolphins beat the Steelers last weekend, McKinnie had a message from Rice waiting on his phone.
“Did you win,” Rice asked McKinnie, according to the Kansas City Star.
McKinnie responded, “Yes we won. “We’ll make it hard for y’all. As long as I’m still here, I’m going to make it hard.”
Ravens general manger Ozzie Newsome did not make things hard for McKinnie. After Monroe took McKinnie’s starting job, he wanted to be traded to Miami, where McKinnie lives during the offseason. Newsome obliged.
“The conversation that we had, it was like, I was a trooper last year. I hung in here, helped us get a Super Bowl,''' McKinnie said. "Can you at least respect my wish? And (Newsome) was professional about it. It happened.”
The Ravens are happy with Monroe, and McKinnie is happy with the Dolphins. But it remains to be seen which team will make the playoffs.