Ravens Moving On Without McKinnie?

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that talks between the Ravens and OT Bryant McKinnie have come to a standstill, does this mean that he will not be part of the 2013 plan in Baltimore?

After just two seasons in Baltimore, it appears that Bryant McKinnie's time with the Ravens is most likely over. McKinnie served as a solid starter for the Ravens in 2011 before being benched at the beginning of the 2012 season for poor workout habits and his struggles with keeping weight off. McKinnie was reinserted into the starting lineup in the 2012 postseason and played well druing their Super Bowl run. However, it appears that the Ravens are no longer interested in his services due to his poor work ethic. So what exactly does this mean for the Ravens offensive line personnel entering the 2013 season?

Assuming that they don't resign McKinnie, the Ravens still have plenty of young talent on the roster, including 3rd year tackle Jah Reid, who was placed on injured reserve following the wild card game against the Colts with a toe injury. Reid started the final seven games of the regular season before his injury kept him out of the postseason, allowing McKinnie to regain his place in the starting lineup. The good news is that Reid should be ready to go by the start of the 2013 season. The Ravens also have a promising piece in 2nd-year man Jack Cornell, Cornell's versatility should help with his chances of seeing the field this year as he is capable of playing both tackle and guard. The Ravens also selected two offensive tackles in this year's draft, taking Wisconsin's Ricky Wagner in the 5th round along with their second 6th round selection, Ryan Jensen of Colorado State-Pueblo. The decision to draft these two players along with the young tackles that are already on the roster is a strong indicator that Ozzie Newsome has made the decision to move forward to the 2013 season without the services of one, Bryan McKinnie.

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