Jun 182012
 

Bryant McKinnie is a talented left tackle, but he has had highly public struggles with his weight in his career, especially in the past couple years as he’s now in his 30s. He was cut for being out of shape out of the lockout by the Vikings last year and then still struggled with his weight with the Ravens, who picked him up after he was released, though he still played pretty well.

McKinnie sat out last week’s minicamp on the team’s orders to work on his conditioning, and according to BaltimoreRavens.com, they want him at 345 pounds. McKinnie reportedly weighed in at 354 at the start of minicamp and 365 in May. There’s also been some reports that they threatened to cut him if he didn’t meet their goal for him.

However, that would leave them with a Michael Oher/Jah Reid duo at offensive tackle, which they used during minicamp. Oher has been much better on the right side than the left in his career, while Reid is unproven and lacks the foot speed to play on the blindside. I still think it’s highly unlikely that McKinnie ends up getting cut, especially after they already paid him a 500 thousand dollar roster bonus in May. However, McKinnie will be a free agent heading into his age 34 season next offseason so they’ll need to find a long term answer at the position pretty soon.

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