So roughly at 8:45 AM EST this tweet set the Ravens world into a bit of a frenzy:
Decision is made! I'm gone! - Bryant Mckinnie 8:47AM
Needless to say we were all a little worried to see our team's starting LT tweeting he was leaving the team 6 days before our first game.
Aaron Wilson provided a bit more insight into the situation:
Bryant McKinnie in a text to me when asked if he's off the team: "Yes." - Aaron WIlson 9:26AM
However, no sooner than did everyone suddenly become frantic and started making projection on what the "new" Ravens O-line would look like this came accross the wire from Aaron Wilson, who was in text message contract with Mckinnie, continues to fill us in:
Shortly after Mckinnie tweeted out:
Still tryin 2 work things out, so its not official as of yet. - Bryant Mckinnie 11:51AM
The resolution after the jump.
After a bit more time Mckinnie took to twitter again to explain his doomsday tweet and help resolve the issue:
This morning got a phone call sayin I'm gone, & just now ended up signing 2 remain a Raven. - Braynt Mckinnie 12:42PM
Aaron Wilson further clears things up around the same time with the details of what the Ravens and Mckinnie did when all was said and done:
So when its all resolved it can be summed up pretty easily, the Ravens asked Mckinnie to take a pay cut (reportedly around a 50% cut) and his agent said no so the team said the tried and true "take it our you're out of a job" line. Bryant took to Twitter to stir up some drama and then the Ravens called him to work on the deal more because it would have been a bad situation for everyone involved to cut him 6 days before the season starts.
Ultimately Mckinnie's base salary is reduced to something less than the $3.2 million he was scheduled to make, but he still has the potential to make it all back through incentives if he plays up tot he level that the Ravens want from him.
So crisis averted, all is right in the world, and in the words of the man who started this excitement with his first tweet:
Now let's turn our attention 2 The Bengals! #RavenNation - Bryant Mckinnie 12:44PM
And how, can't wait for the season to start so we can stop jumping at every little tweet and see some real football!