Ravens make play to keep left tackle McKinnie

Ravens make play to keep left tackle McKinnie
March 21, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Ravens head coach John Harbaugh reached out to free agent tackle Bryant McKinnie on Thursday, hoping to retain him, according to the player.

McKinnie told CSN Baltimore in a text message Thursday that he was contacted by the Ravens, who already have lost Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Ed Reed and Cary Williams to free agency on the defensive side of the ball. “I can’t say I expect 2 (stay),” McKinnie said in a text message. “But Harbs called and then 1 of the O-Line-coaches called 10 minutes after.”

McKinnie lost his starting job in training camp and didn’t start a game all regular season. But a toe injury to left guard Jah Reid in the season-finale at the Cincinnati Bengals forced the Ravens to shuffle the front.

McKinnie was re-inserted at left tackle, Kelechi Osemele was moved to left guard next to him and Michael Oher was moved back to his natural position of right tackle.

The result was quarterback Joe Flacco throwing 11 TDs and no interceptions en route to a Super Bowl championship. McKinnie didn’t allow a sack or draw a penalty in the four playoff games.

The Ravens forced him to take a pay cut to start the season when he lost his starting job.