Dolphins Trade With Ravens For Bryant McKinnie
By Allen Kim
McKinnie was likely deemed expendable after Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome traded with the Jacksonville Jaguars for LT Eugene Monroe in exchange for a conditional late-round draft pick, and this will be a homecoming of sorts of McKinnie, who was a first-round pick out of the University of Miami.
“Great to get a chance to play in front of a lot of fans I had since college and to join and help improve a team,” McKinnie told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
The Dolphins, who have struggled mightily in the trenches, needed to make this move in an attempt to improve their porous offensive line. QB Ryan Tannehill has been sacked a league-leading 26 times through six games, and he’s on pace to surpass David Carr’s single-season record of 77 sacks.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Ravens for Bryant,” said Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland. “He is a proven and experienced player who will be a great addition to the offensive line.”
McKinnie will have an opportunity to start on Tannehill’s blindside right away. Jonathan Martin, like the rest of the offensive line, hasn’t been able to protect Tannehill, and he may be moved over to the right side if McKinnie immediately steps in on the left. That would make Tyson Clabo the odd man out and relegate him to the bench.