Bryant McKinnie in Ravens contract dispute

Tuesday September 4th, 2012

UPDATE: CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Ravens have reached a deal to keep McKinnie in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Ravens may have a hole to fill on their offensive line, just a few days before the start of their season. Then again, they may not. Starting left tackle Bryant McKinnie announced on Twitter earlier today that he was no longer a Baltimore Raven.

Soon after,'s Ian Rapoport tweeted that McKinnie was not leaving the team, but rather that the two sides were locked in negotiations over a restructured contract for the 32-year-old.

Meanwhile, McKinnie himself propagated the is he/isn't he question with an array of text messages to various news outlets, including WNST Baltimore and the NFL Network's Albert Breer:

WNST also reports that the Ravens asked McKinnie to take a pay cut amounting to just about 50% of his current deal, citing doubts about his durability and his ability to say at his playing weight throughout the season.

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