***UPDATE: "The Ravens have resolved their contract dispute with offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. The restructured deal will run through this season.' - Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Ravens and offensive (left) tackle Bryant McKinnie are at odds regarding his current contract, according to the Baltimore Sun. Tuesday has been full of updates particularly from McKinnie tweeting and texting NFL insiders.
McKinnie said in a text message to The Baltimore Sun that he, "Just got a phone call. It's not officially over as of yet." Earlier, when asked whether he was off the team, McKinnie said, "Yes." McKinnie tweeted earlier "Decision is made! I'm gone!" The Ravens would like to reduce McKinnie's $3.2 million base salary after already paying him a $500,000 roster bonus in March.
McKinnie, a first round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2002, has been plagued with controversy during his career. He’s been notorious for skipping out on practices and holding out for financial reasons. In 2011, McKinnie showed up to training camp at nearly 400 lbs. He also has been involved in a fair share of off-field issues. Currently, it’s rumored that McKinnie refuses a pay cut due to a $4.5 million lawsuit he’s facing as a result of a loan taken out during the 2011 lockout.
In other words: Regardless of the outcome, none of this looks pretty for the Baltimore Ravens.