Miami Dolphins Look to Solidify Offensive Line, Trade For Bryant McKinnie

In a move that made sense on all fronts, the Baltimore Ravens have traded left tackle Bryant McKinnie to the Miami Dolphins for an undisclosed draft pick. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer was the first to report the news. If you remember correctly, Baltimore sent multiple picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Eugene Monroe earlier this season. That made McKinnie, who was a healthy scratch this past week, expendable.

Untitled

When healthy and in shape, the veteran has been one of the most consistently good pass-protecting tackles in the NFL over the last decade or so. He represents a major upgrade over current Dolphins’ left tackle Jonathan Martin, who has struggled protecting Ryan Tannehill‘s blindside. Miami may look to move Martin to right tackle as a replacement for Tyson Clabo, who Pro Football Focus grades out as the fifth-worst pass-protecting tackle in the NFL.

McKinnie, a 12-year NFL veteran, has less than $1.5 million remaining on his contract this season and is set to count only $4 million against the Dolphin’s cap in 2014. It’s a win-win for a team in need of help in pass protection.

For the Ravens, they get one of the picks back that they lost in the Monroe trade and shed a tad of money from their payroll.

Let’s just hope for the sake of everyone involved, “Sweet Pea” isn’t on a boat in South Beach right now.