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Bryant McKinnie to the Ravens

He visited the Dolphins. Then he visited the Chargers. He got offers from both. So, of course, it makes sense the Baltimore Ravens landed Bryant McKinnie.

The Super Bowl champions had been hovering over the negotiations for the veteran left tackle the entire time -- in stealth mode, so to speak. And when neither the Dolphins nor the Chargers offered significant deals to the former University of Miami player, he went back to the team with which he spent the last two years.


The Ravens announced the deal is for two years.

McKinnie, 33, did not start any games during the regular season last year. Basically, he was fat and out of shape the entire season. He was also in offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's doghouse. But Cameron was fired late in the season and McKinnie got in shape.

He was then inserted into the starting lineup for the playoffs and neutralized talented pass rushers Dwight Freeney (Colts), Von Miller (Broncos) and Aldon Smith (49ers).

The Dolphins were shopping for McKinnie because they believed they could get him as either a starter or experienced backup to Jonathan Martin. The club is also trying to sign a veteran right tackle.

Despite their apparent need, the Dolphins didn't want to overspend for McKinnie. His camp told The Miami Herald they were never in the same ballpark with the Dolphins. And the offer from San Diego wasn't any more appealing, obviously.

By the way, Jared Gaither, cut by the Chargers earlier this year is still on the market. But The Herald's Barry Jackson is reporting the Dolphins have shown no interest in him as of this afternoon.


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Oscar...never liked Winston...I cut my teeth on Lucky Strike from a pal, Jimmy Galvin....he gave me the peer pressure crap....u know...don't be a puzzy, take a drag kinda stuff.....smoked until i was 25 , then quit cold.....haven't had one since.....

Don't mind the poster at 7:58. He is new to football or has a poor memory. He has no idea how many HOF players did not impress in their rookie year, and many not until year 3 and beyond.

Or maybe, he is just trying to provoke an argument.

Smart people assess the circumstances, stupid people don't, because they can't.

Speaking of stupid people, where's ALoco.

I neither like nor dislike Winston, Buster. I'm just stating what I read in another Blog and that made a lot of sense to me. All these maneuvers with Albert and McKinney are probably designed to put the pressure on Winston to lower his asking price and who is the one they really like for RT.

Gaither. Bring him in cheaply for competition. Mando mentions gaither -only I have been mentioning him for over 1 month since free agency and we lost Long! My blogs from those dates will prove it. I say they should bring in gaither and Clabo/Winston for competition on both sides.

Oscar...you could be correct...but at this point, it's anybody's guess ........has anyone reported what Winston is asking?..

Without J. Martin at LT, it is not likely Luck goes #1 overall. Yes, it still is a team game.

I believe 6 million, Buster.

I believe 6 million, Buster.

It is really ridiculous for bloggers to suggest who the FO should take and for what price. What the hell do we know? GM's have their contacts that know these players personally, know their teammates, coaches and work habits. They often know the player up front and personal. Bloggers suggesting to the FO who they should consider is like parents telling their children who they should date.

The average GM devotes more time to studying players in one week than any fan does in a whole year. Sure they are wrong a lot, but that only suggests with the fans limited preparation in comparison, would be wrong a lot more.

It isn't easy. And yes, there is good old fashioned luck involved.

Breaking News:

Our next LT should be a guy who pass blocks.

Bodine....that's the most common sense post I'ver read here in some time....kudos !! All the experts we have here at times, makes me wonder how the NFL teams aren't fighting over their resumes.

sense everyone is posting articles ..here you go>>>

Each pick between the 2008 and 2010 draft classes a grade between +2.0 and -2.0 (in 0.5 increments) that depends upon:

• Where they were drafted
• Their performance
• Their contribution (how many snaps their team got out of them)
• Other factors such as unforeseen injuries and conditions that could not have been accounted for

Let’s take a look at how Miami drafted.

+2.0: You’ve just found Tom Brady in the 6th round

The search for the next Dan Marino goes on.

+1.5: Getting much more than you bargained for!

The Dolphins did receive production but didn’t hit the kind of home run that makes you stand up and take note.

+1.0: The scouts nailed it!

Brian Hartline, WR (108th overall pick in 2009): Looks set to find his niche as one of the better number two receivers in the league, after handling himself well as the Dolphins top target in 2012. A healthy 1,083 yards and a +8.5 receiving grade show how shrewd this move was.

Reshad Jones, S (163rd overall pick in 2010): Our third-ranked safety in 2012 after he took some bumps a year earlier. Jones is a safety who has a nose for making plays, and was great value in the fifth.

+0.5: Never hurts to find a solid contributor

Jake Long, T (1st overall pick in 2008): His first three years would have earned him a higher grade. However two disappointing (injury impacted) seasons and the fact I hold a belief that a first pick spent on a tackle is too conservative in the modern NFL means it’s just a +0.5 for this pick.

Kendall Langford, DE (57th overall pick in 2008): In his four years with the club Langford turned into a consistent generator of pressure even if he didn’t have the sack numbers to back it up.

Donald Thomas, G (195th overall pick in 2008): In 2009, Thomas held his own (for the most part) as a player who managed 933 snaps. While he wasn’t elite and didn’t do anything after that, to get a starter who wasn’t a liability for a year in the sixth is good value.

Lex Hilliard, RB (204th overall pick in 2008): The seventh round pick lasted four years on the Miami squad, filling in at halfback and fullback when the situation required. He was also an extremely productive special teams player with 22 tackles in this area of the game.

Vontae Davis, CB (25th overall pick in 2009): Is Davis a starter you’d rely on? Yes. Is he one of the top cornerbacks in the game? No. At times he was very good for the Dolphins and he also snared the Dolphins second round pick when they moved on from him. A win.

Sean Smith, CB (61st overall pick in 2009): Smith is an interesting player. Elite tools and some very good games show a player with a high ceiling. Yet, did he ever put it together consistently?

Chris Clemons, S (165th overall pick in 2009): Coming off his best year for the club, you get the feeling the Dolphins find him replaceable, but nothing better has come along. Still had a very tidy 2012 and has been more than many would have bargained for.

Koa Misi, LB (40th overall pick in 2010): Not an ideal fit in the Dolphins 3-4, he looked a little more at home as an early downs defender when they switched to the 4-3. May never wow you, but looks like he couldn’t contribute for a long time.

Nolan Carroll, CB (145th overall pick in 2010): The former fifth round pick has looked better since being ill-equipped to handle the playing time he received at the start of the 2011 season. Carroll may never develop into a starter that you’re comfortable with, but the Dolphins have got some decent play out of him and he contributes on special teams.

Austin Spitler, LB (252nd overall pick in 2010): So what if he’s just seen three snaps on defense. Spitler has been a big contributor on special teams and that can’t be overlooked with 13 tackles over the last two years.

0.0: Nothing ventured, nothing gained (It could have been worse)

Jalen Parmele, RB (176th overall pick in 2008): With the Ravens stealing Parmele off the Dolphins’ practice squad, you can’t really evaluate the former sixth round pick.

Lionel Dotson, DT (245th overall pick in 2008): He bounced between practice squad and the active roster (with some stops at other teams) and even saw some game time in 2008 and 2009. A late round pick that you didn’t expect much, nor receive anything, from.

John Nalbone, TE (161st overall pick in 2009): Spent a year on the practice squad and saw some game time in 2010 before the Dolphins decided he just wasn’t worth investing in.

Andrew Gardner, T (181st overall pick in 2009): Lasted a year with Miami before being cut after struggling in camp. Took a low risk and it didn’t pay off.

J.D. Folsom, LB (214th overall pick in 2009): Much like Gardner, spent a year on the practice squad (though he frequently came off it when Miami was short on bodies in 2008) before being cut.

John Jerry, G (73rd overall pick in 2010): The mountainous Jerry hasn’t developed into the run blocker Miami had hoped. A move to the zone blocking scheme doesn’t look ideal, but we’ll reserve judgment until where we can see how he is next year.

A.J. Edds, LB (119th overall pick in 2010): The Dolphins get something of a pass on Edds who tore his ACL before his rookie year began and was waived a year later.

Chris McCoy, LB (212th overall pick in 2010): A seventh round pick, McCoy never caught on after being signed to the practice squad.

-0.5: That pick was not put to good use

Chad Henne, QB (57th overall pick in 2008): They hoped he’d be their franchise quarterback. He wasn’t and the years spent waiting for him to step up held this team back.

Shawn Murphy, G (110th overall pick in 2008): After missing his rookie year due to a torn triceps, Murphy was expected to start at right guard the following year. It never happened as the Dolphins cut their losses and waived him.

Jared Odrick, DE (28th overall pick in 2010): You expect a first round pick to make an impact, yet Odrick has looked extremely average so far in his NFL career. Since the switch to a 4-3 defense he now finds himself a little out of position which may not help this grade turn into a positive any time soon.

-1.0: What a waste!

Phillip Merling, DE (32nd overall pick in 2008): Being massively outplayed by Kendall Langford is one thing, but failing to make much of an impact on the field to the point your playing time dwindles year after year? Merling was a first round pick in all but name and failed to deliver on being one of the chosen 32.

Patrick Turner, WR (87th overall pick in 2009): A third round pick who didn’t manage a snap for the Dolphins despite having the size and athleticism teams love. A true waste of a pick that you expected to contribute.

-1.5: The scouts/ coaches failed, big time!

Pat White, QB (44th overall pick in 2009): Ugh, the Wildcat! Why on earth would you invest a second round pick in such a fad? This is one of those moves that you’re still trying to wipe the stink off of years later.

-2.0: You just drafted the love child of JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf!

There were no Russell/ Leaf hybrids to pick from.

whatever, he played us......cant blame him for wanting to go back to the Ravens, late in his career--but he's sort of a fatty anyway, and far from ideal if you gotta motivate the guy to get in shape--not exactly dependable.

I don't believe it is the annual salary or guaranteed money that has Miami and Winston set apart. There is a fairly clear value set on the Right Tackle position, there have been several signed this year so the salary mold is set.

Winston is looking for security. I think he's looking for a deal that is for a MINIMUM of 3 years. That means Miami would have to guarantee that amount of money. But Winston has now been cut by two teams in as many years. There are reasons for that.

Personally, I think Winston is the best way for Miami to proceed. I believe they need to bite the bullet and shove Martin into the role he was obviously drafted for. The only other option that that will not require a significant trade investment and can be trusted to do the job well is Tyson Clabo.

I'm not certain where Miami is with the Albert deal... but it appears to have died an ugly death. Miami doesn't need to find a long term solution this year. They need to plug the hole with a player they can trust... but also one who has enough left in the tank to cover a couple of years to bring a rookie along..... Once again... Winston seems to be the guy.

Posted by: Buster | May 02, 2013 at 08:31 PM

Correct, posters here would never learn of Dez mom's crackhead ho'ishness if not for Ireland.

and now sense there are regular Jet fans that come in here .. here you go >>>>

Each pick between the 2008 and 2010 draft classes a grade between +2.0 and -2.0 (in 0.5 increments) that depends upon:

• Where they were drafted
• Their performance
• Their contribution (how many snaps their team got out of them)
• Other factors such as unforeseen injuries and conditions that could not have been accounted for

Let’s take a look at how the Jets drafted.

+2.0: You’ve just found Tom Brady in the 6th round

They may have got better play out of a sixth-rounder than what they have from a certain first.

+1.5: Getting much more than you bargained for!

They wish.

+1.0: The scouts nailed it!

Heck, they’d settle for some of these.

+0.5: Never hurts to find a solid contributor

Dwight Lowery, S (113th overall pick in 2008): Excelled as a rookie, and while he found it hard to get on the field in his second season, always put forth strong performances. Rex Ryan never quite seemed sure if Lowery was a cornerback or safety, and despite playing well at both spots, he found himself traded away.

Matt Slauson, G (193rd overall pick in 2009): He’ll never be one of the best guards in the league, but he is a good enough player that he can start without you having to overly worry about it. Great value in the sixth even if he’s no longer with the team.

Joe McKnight, RB (112th overall pick in 2010): While his contribution on offense (and defense) hasn’t exactly wowed us, McKnight is one of the league’s better kick returners.

0.0: It could have been worse

Erik Ainge, QB (162nd overall pick in 2008): You can’t fault the Jets for the multitude of personal problems that Ainge entered the league with.

Marcus Henry, WR (171st overall pick in 2008): The former sixth-round pick lasted a year before being waived.

Nate Garner, G (211th overall pick in 2008): Didn’t get a chance to clear waivers and hit the Jets’ practice squad as a rookie before the Dolphins picked him up.

Shonn Greene, RB (65th overall pick in 2009): A tad one-dimensional (okay, more than a tad), Greene rarely displayed the kind of consistency that you want from a feature back.

John Conner, FB (139th overall pick in 2010): The Terminator had a good year with his lead blocking in 2011 and looked like a solid replacement for the Jets’ version of Tony Richardson. Still, injury saw his time with the team come to an end.

-0.5: That pick was not put to good use

Dustin Keller, TE (30th overall pick in 2008): If you’re going to pick up a tight end in the first, they need to be either a difference-making receiver, or the kind of complete player that can play every down. Keller is neither; one of the worst blocking tight ends in the league and not the reliable safety net the top tight ends are for their quarterbacks. He has upside on any given play, but spends too much time not doing anything overly constructive.

Kyle Wilson, CB (29th overall pick in 2010): Did the Jets draft Wilson to replace Antonio Cromartie or to match up with the multiple receiver sets they were facing the AFC East by putting him in the slot? Either way, it’s kind of failed in both regards with Wilson looking anything but a first round pick in his first three years in the league.

-1.0: What a waste!

Mark Sanchez, QB (5th overall pick in 2009): The 2009 class was always going to depend on Sanchez and how he played. Unfortunately, he just hasn’t cut the mustard. Saving your better performances (which generally involve just avoiding mistakes rather than making a lot of plays) for the playoffs should not give Sanchez a pass as he has failed to improve as a quarterback. Consistently one of the least accurate quarterbacks, Sanchez is overwhelmed when teams get pressure.

Vladimir Ducasse, T (61st overall pick in 2010): How telling is it that this former second-round pick was unable to beat out the awful Wayne Hunter for the teams right tackle spot, nor catch on at guard. A -0.8 grade isn’t terrible, but just 451 snaps is.

-1.5: The scouts/ coaches failed, big time!

Not in this regard but …

-2.0: You just drafted the love child of JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf!

Vernon Gholston, DE (6th overall pick in 2008): What can you really say about this? Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane — Gholston earned a -13.3 grade while playing just 629 career snaps as a Jet. He is the dictionary definition of a bust.

McKinnie would only join the Dolphins if they paid him triple.

I see, YG...so then I can deduct from your comment that you believe YOU could be a GM.....is that how we should interpret it? Just curious...


Are you related to the Browns?

Life is short for most but not for Some.

I don't understand that question YG...but why don't you answer mine?

Tannehill got shut out when Martin played LT.


I've noticed how quickly the fan base has given up on Martin. I went back and read the scouting reports. I know they are not always right, but they sure were impressive.

Martin, as a rookie, played a brand new position, and didn't go back to his true position until late in the season. Combine this with a new coaching staff trying to figure out who is who and what is what - it is premature to judge Martin.

The fact that they didn't take Lane Johnson or any other FA left tackle seems to suggest they have more confidence in Martin than we realize.

For the record, I can only guess, but using the Sherlock Holmes approach of observation and deduction, has led me to believe this FO holds Martin in far higher regards\ than the general fan base.

Time will tell, with brutal honesty.

Maybe it's about time for Ireland to show us what he 'has up his sleeve'


Your question to me makes 0 sense.

Now, are you related to the Browns? Yes or no?

If yes, it makes you a Buster Brown. Nt that there's anything wrong with that.

I would have to think any GM worth his salt would have suspected the Ravens were the front runners the whole time and a low veteran contract would not land McKinnie. You need to look no further than his Ravens shrine Twitter page that was up the whole time he was a free agent. Ireland has to do better than bank on every player wanting to sign with the Dolphins on the cheap because they are an up and coming team.

Look at that, the Dolphins Stadium renovation proposal seems to be dying a slow death also. I would prefer a brand new Stadium, closer to Miami's center, let's say in all that land that TMH formerly occupied.


Ive met a Brown who has since been busted. But Ive never met a real life Buster brown.


I propose we bull doze Liberty City and build a new stadium.


Hell, I propose we bull doze Liberty City just to liberate Liberty City.

Bodine...I agree....we really don't know what Ireland and Philbin have discussed now, do we? They may expect Martin to develop his LT skills tremendously, and are just allowing a Plan B in the event they are wrong.

See, they are professionals, and as such realize that there is no sure wayto know until it's tried and tested. They don't make up fairy tale scenarios, and spout them as if they were certainties.

Like you said before, it's difficult to be a successful GM. Unfortunately, some people think it's as easy just opening their mouths and letting out a bunch of hot air.

It's refreshing to be able to converse with someone who is making logical assessments, with a real understanding of how many factors play into the success or failure of a team in any given season.

It there is space near the Miami downtown area for a stadium, I think that would be the best thing. Broward County is no man's land. It is not strategically good for the team. A first class, state of the art, downtown stadium would be the best thing for the city of Miami and the organization, and even the NFL.

The Fins should lease the Marlins new stadium. Its beautiful.


Are you related to the Mayers? Is it true what they say about their wieners?

Well YG..I didn't expect an answer to the question of whether you think you could be an NFL GM, and I should have anticipated the immature reply which you did offer. So juvenile...

Bad bunions led to the invention of Jiffy Pop Popcorn.

Nahh, most Cubans like YG and Eddie are not racists...nahh.

~~~~~~~~~ Blog Alert ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Yesterday is in his 5 year old temper tantrum mode....once again.

Please ignore him.

Posted by: Buster | May 02, 2013 at 08:55 PM

Ahhhhhh........... How sweet.......

This means so much coming from a "buster" like you.

Oscar....your proposal for a NEW stadium just might gather more support than renovating the existing one.....I mean...if it's future events they desire, how better to attract them than with an INDOOR, air conditioned, state of the art stadium....kind of like Jerry Jones has done in Dallas..

Miss Mira,

With all due respect sweetheart, even at 5yrs old, Im much bigger where it counts than your little microscopic man.

Yesterdays Gone moniker is no mistake.

It is a subconscious realization that yesterday is gone. The focus we can only guess, but most likely either his wife is no longer remotely doable, or he is rarely, if ever, functional.

They don't let me answer you, YG. I'm being selectively banned here.

With chronic diahharea and nothing available but serran wrap, the modern day pamper was born.


Throughout your self imposed celibacy, how many times have you watched porno and had thoughts of sucking a stick?

Nothing like a proposal, Buster, just my wish for Everybody's benefit.

Posted by: Freddie Freud | May 02, 2013 at 08:59 PM

Come on, give up the gig, we all know youre really Freddy Fart. I can recognize the smell anywhere.

YG.. are you always in that fantasy world...you know the one where you see someone whom no one else sees...

...we can't all be wrong...can we?....

...oh, that's right ..in your little world the only right person is you....how could I have missed that?

Yesterday has now sunken to the depths of odin snot. What went so wrong with him? Whatever it is, he is in the stage of denial.

I am a Scientist and after careful observation I can assert that YG es medio-mari-on.

The first band aid was invented by John Bandy. Except, he was really trying to find way to patch his bicycle tire. Of course he failed.


The world's first loose pussie was invent by yo' momma, not mine.

TMH Building Was Already Bought And High Rises Are Going Up.

The Only Location In Miami Was Used Up By Some Retarded Commissioners. And Named The Streets Around It After Their Campaign Contributors.

If The Dumb Miami Politicians Had Any Foresight A New Stadium Would've Been Built.

But We Have The Most Backward Politicians.

The Upgrades At Sun Life Will Go On.

Again, If You Guys Want To Blame Anybody Blame The Incompetent County Commissioners. And The Idiots In Their District.

Ross Already Spent $200 Mil Upgrading. Or Who Did You Think Paid For All The Glass And New Screens Put Up Around Sun Life.

You Would've Token Those $200 and The $200 He Is Putting Now. Plus, You Would've Taken The $600 Wasted On Marlins Stadium And Created The Super Orange Bowl.

But Like Dashi Said No Foresight.

You know, the ones that mostly pitch but many times catch also?

I am a Scientist and after careful observation I can assert that YG es medio-mari-on.

Posted by: oscar canosa | May 02, 2013 at 09:06 PM

Oscar you are so wrong. Im only working my way thru a sugar episode. LOL...

Oscar...is it a genetic Scientist?

YG has clearly suffered some new trauma or some new realization..that perhaps, his yesterdays are gone. and his todays are nothing pretty.

Posted by: Dashi | May 02, 2013 at 09:09 PM

You failed to mention "well paid" incompetent city commissioners in Miami. They'll do whatever you want for the right price.

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