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Left Tackle Bryant McKinnie Returning To Baltimore On A 2-Year Deal

Both the Chargers and Dolphins had reportedly offered deals for the 34-year old tackle, but McKinnie ultimately chose to return to the Ravens where he will continue to protect Flacco's blindside through 2014.

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After reports Thursday morning that tackle Bryant McKinnie was "weighing offers from both the Chargers and Dolphins," it appears that he is now heading back to the Ravens on a two-year deal. The move was announced via the Ravens' official team Twitter account.

Despite visiting with both the Chargers and Dolphins earlier in the week, the Ravens ultimately snuck back into the conversation and re-secured the aging veteran's services protecting Flacco's blindside through 2014. Although McKinnie only started four games last year, he certainly made them count, as they all came during the Ravens' postsesason run to the Super Bowl.

Currently at age 34, it remains to be seen if he can maintain that same level of play over a whole season as opposed to an admittedly impressive four-game stretch. The Ravens clearly believe so, however, after rolling the dice on McKinnie and choosing not to draft a new left tackle for the future in the early rounds. Ozzie Newsome and co. did eventually select a couple of tackles, Wisconsin's Ricky Wagner and Colorado State-Pueblo's Ryan Jensen, but both came on day three and won't be counted on early in their careers.