Ravens: Implications of re-signing McKinnie

Ravens: Implications of re-signing McKinnie
May 7, 2013, 11:30 am
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For the Ravens, the re-signing of left tackle Bryant McKinnie was the right move at this time.

McKinnie may not be the perfect guy in that spot because of all of the other, less appealing things he's brought to the table, but the point is right now, he's probably what fits this team best. He's been here for a few years, knows the drill, and played a big role in the team's post-season success en route to the Super Bowl. 

But just as important is the fact that his signing kind of anchors an offensive line that's younger, stronger and becoming very good. They can put Kelechi Osemele at left guard, Gino Gradkowski at center and leave Marshal Yanda and Michael Oher alone on the right side at guard and tackle, respectively. 

GM Ozzie Newsome had talked about maybe the team would be OK with starting the season using Osemele at left tackle, and maybe they would  have been. However, the team also was in the midst of trying to get McKinnie back. You can probably figure out the rest. 

Oher and Osemele both can play left tackle, but it' s not their best spot. That's the key. It's not where they are most effective. Put them in the places they help the most, and the Ravens are that much better. 

"We want our line to be as strong as it can possibly be, and that makes us stronger.” coach John Harbaugh said when talking to the media after the end of last weekend's rookie mini-camp.

That's why signing McKinnie was the right move. Overall, he's still a solid left tackle and is the final piece to what could be a strong offensive line for the 2013 season.