Bryant McKinnie Says Ravens Are Trying To Keep Him

Bryant McKinnie, a backup in the regular season who emerged as the starting left tackle and played well in the postseason, told that Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and another assistant coach both called him today and told him the Ravens want him back.

McKinnie added, however, that the Ravens wanting him back doesn’t mean he expects to be back. McKinnie said at the outset of free agency that he wouldn’t take a discount to stay in Baltimore, especially after the team strong-armed him into taking a pay cut last year.

The Ravens have lost linebacker Paul Kruger, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, safety Ed Reed, safety Bernard Pollard and cornerback Cary Williams to free agency, linebacker Ray Lewis and center Matt Birk to retirement and receiver Anquan Boldin to a trade. That’s eight players who started in the Super Bowl and are now gone. McKinnie, however, may not be the ninth.

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