The Baltimore Ravens have signed former Pro-Bowl tackle Bryant McKinnie and undrafted supplemental draft participant Mike McAdoo. Both signings are pending a physical.
McKinnie (standing at 6-8), when in shape and properly motivated has been one of the better left tackles of the past ten years. Managing his weight has remained a problem for him. Reporting to Vikings camp at nearly 400 pounds, the coaching staff felt they had no choice but to cut the nine-year veteran out of fear for Bryant’s health.
The Ravens have been playing musical chairs along the offensive line all preseason. Rookie Jah Reid is set to start at right tackle and Michael Oher set at left. Signing McKinnie shows how uncomfortable the Ravens front office is with their personnel along the offensive line, and perhaps how poorly their two tackles have fared during the past two games.
If McKinnie can get his weight down and if the change of scenery and chance to play for a contender takes him even close to where he was a few years ago, the Ravens may have found a steal here.
Mike McAdoo (defensive end) was lost in translation when Butch Davis and the UNC Football program went down in flames last season. Unable to play due to academic misconduct, McAdoo only played two seasons with the Tarheels, notching 3 and ½ sacks during that span.
He’ll be fighting to make the team, and could be looking at the practice squad at best. He’s young, big (6-7, 245), and the type of player Ozzie Newsome has never shied away from.
These two signings would both be thought of as risky in almost any other situation around the league. The Ravens are a veteran team, and they know how to keep players in check. If one of these singings pays dividends this year it’s a win for the birds.
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