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Bryant Mckinnie Contract Tqlks In Limbo


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with no svitek we need this guy. OT depth i s weak. espc. if sam baker falters or gets hurt again.


The Baltimore Ravens and starting left tackle Bryant McKinnie have reached a road block in their attempts to restructure his base salary for 2012, a source in McKinnie's camp said Tuesday.

This leads to the fear that the Ravens will release the veteran, the source said.

NFL Network and NFL.com reporter Albert Breer received a text message from McKinnie that read: "We couldn't come to an agreement on the restructure of my contract, which leads to me being released."

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When asked if the decision was final, McKinnie responded via text: "Yes! They will announce it soon." McKinnie texted a similar statement to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun andWNST.net in Baltimore.

Moments later, Breer received another text message from McKinnie that read: "Not officially over yet just got a call."

McKinnie is set to earn $3.2 million this season, which according to The Sun is already set to be garnished as part of a lockout-related lawsuit. The Ravens want to significantly reduce that, and McKinnie is not opposed to restructuring on some level. The source said McKinnie is open to a "significant" cut, just not as much as the Ravens want.

The deal still could get done today, with McKinnie's camp holding out hope for a reworked deal, which looked unlikely at first. The sides are expecting a resolution at some point Tuesday.

If McKinnie is waived, Baltimore would be looking for a new left tackle, and a talented option would be on the market.

When contacted for comment, the Ravens did not have a definitive answer on McKinnie's status.

The New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers and possibly the Chicago Bears could be interested in McKinnie if he hits the open market.

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