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Ravens sign tackle Bryant McKinnie

Reports say McKinnie has cut a lot of weight since being cut by Minnesota.

Still needing help on the offensive line the Baltimore Ravens have signed former Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie to a two-year deal.

McKinnie, the seventh-overall pick in the 2002 draft, was cut by the Vikings after reportedly coming into camps weighing nearly 400 pounds. His playing weight at the end of last season was 360 pounds.

While the 2001 Outland Trophy and Jim Parker award winner from Miami never quite blossomed into the perennial All-Pro left tackle he was expected to be, he did start 130 of 131 games since he entered the league and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009.

As a Viking McKinnie lined up at left tackle and the Ravens very well may put him their, moving Michael Oher back to the right side, where he started and thrived at his rookie season. But, the 6-foot-8 native of Woodbury, New Jersey could end up being inserted at right tackle, while the team gives Oher another shot to prove himself.

Either way, McKinnie is an upgrade to the offensive line. Third-round draft pick Jah Reid was struggled in the preseason and even though the Ravens signed Mark LeVoir and Jason Murphy a few days ago, neither one was likely going to end up in the starting unit.

McKinnie is a low-risk, high-reward move in a way. He was still a very good starter in Minnesota so if he can get back to that level of play he is a definite upgrade. That or he gives the team tremendous depth at offensive tackle.

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