Ryan Tannehill might be smiling a little bit. Lamar Miller might be too. The Dolphins today sent an undisclosed draft choice to the Baltimore Ravens for offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie. The team waved Josh Kaddu, a linebacker to make room for McKinnie. Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland seems to be piece mailing a line together. It seems Ireland has been looking for linemen but no team made a deal and he dealt up in the 2013 NFL Draft to take Dion Jordan – for the defense. But Ireland is happy with his trade.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Ravens for Bryant,” said Ireland. “He is a proven and experienced player who will be a great addition to the offensive line.”
McKinnie first came into the league as the seventh overall choice of the Minnesota Vikings in 2002. He made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and was a first alternate in 2007. McKinnie has started 152 of 169 career games. He came to the Ravens as a free agent in 2011 and resigned with them this past May. McKinnie is 6-foot, 8-inches tall and weighs 352-pounds and is a former Miami Hurricane where he was a consensus All American and Outland Trophy winner his senior season in 2001.
McKinnie graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Psychology degree. He did not allow a sack in both his high school and college career. That should bring a smile to the Dolphin organization.
The New Jersey native has 12 years of NFL experience and should be an upgrade to the offensive line that has struggled this season to keep Tannehill upright and a non-existent running game.
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