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Left Tackle Is A Fluid Situation

Posted Apr 29, 2013

Free agent Bryant McKinnie is reportedly in Miami visiting the Dolphins.


The Ravens didn’t nab a plug-and-play left tackle in the draft.

So what’s the status on who will protect Joe Flacco’s blindside?

It’s still fluid, like positions frequently are in the spring.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome was asked whether left tackle is a position the Ravens will look to address in free agency after the draft.

“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll have somebody lined up at left tackle. Questions like that probably should go to John [Harbaugh], because John determines who plays and who doesn’t play. I just try to get the players to him.”

Harbaugh previously told Newsome that if the season were to start now, second-year tackle Kelechi Osemele would be the Ravens’ left tackle. Osemele played right tackle and guard his rookie year, but was a left tackle throughout college.

The Ravens drafted Wisconsin’s Ricky Wagner, who started 27 consecutive games at left tackle for the Badgers, in the fifth round. But Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta said the Ravens envision him as “a great depth guy for us initially with a chance to emerge.”

Newsome stressed that the starting left tackle doesn’t have to be named now. He pointed to other free agent starters the Ravens picked up at the last minute in years past, including right tackle Willie Anderson and left tackle Bryant McKinnie.

“It’s so fluid. We don’t know, and I’m going to knock on wood,” Newsome said.

“Up until we get this 53-man squad together before we have to get ready to play Denver, this is going to be a very fluid situation. But, I don’t turn down any good players. I just don’t. We find a way to get them.”

One scenario would be re-signing McKinnie, who after not playing all regular season last year stepped in admirably during the playoffs.

McKinnie has received some interest on the free-agent market, but has yet to sign a deal. He is reportedly visiting the Miami Dolphins and taking a physical today, according to The Baltimore Sun. It’s nothing more than a visit right now, a source told The Sun.

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