Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, who endured a tumultuous training camp that ended with him losing his starting job, is the subject of trade rumors on the eve of the NFL trading deadline.
McKinnie, 33, is apparently drawing interest from the Arizona Cardinals, who have lost four in a row after a 4-0 start and have allowed a league-high 39 sacks.
"McKinnie's the odd man out in the Baltimore tackle rotation ..." writes Sports Illustrated's Peter King. "But he'd be a good temporary Band-Aid for the reeling Cardinals, who I hear have some interest in him."
McKinnie started every game at left tackle last season, his first with the Ravens, and other than a four-game suspension in 2008, he started every game for eight straight seasons for the Vikings from 2003-10.
But the 11-year veteran reported to training camp late this season, took a $1 million pay cut and lost his starting job, as Michael Oher took over at left tackle and rookie Kelechi Osemele assumed the starting spot at right tackle. McKinnie has hardly seen the field this season.
Any trade for McKinnie would likely yield a draft pick, which the Ravens are known to covet, but could compromise an already thin offensive line. Tackle Jah Reid has missed the entire season to date with a calf injury, and Ramon Harewood, another possibility at tackle, moved to guard for the first five games but then lost that job to Bobbie Williams. Harewood has not played tackle in a regular-season game.
Speculating on a possible Cardinals deal for McKinnie, the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers asks, "Does it make sense to give up a draft pick, or anything else of value, for McKinnie, who is 33 and has a troubled history?"
McKinnie is already having his wages this season garnished by the Ravens as part of a settlement in a lawsuit related to loans he took out during the NFL lockout last year. Then earlier this week, he was sued in Florida after allegedly ringing up six-figure tabs at South Florida strip clubs in 2009 and 2010. He told the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson that the suit was "bogus."
The trading deadline is Thursday, and when asked on Monday about any possible deals, Ravens coach John Harbaugh, not surprisingly, was mum.
"As far as any move we might make, I don’t know. I’m not sure," he said.