NFL Trade Rumors: Is Bryant McKinnie Heading to the Arizona Cardinals?

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NFL Trade Rumors: Is Bryant McKinnie Heading to the Arizona Cardinals?
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Is Bryant McKinnie heading to Arizona?

Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie has been demoted out of the starting lineup in Baltimore, but he could find a home in a starting lineup if the Arizona Cardinals decide to trade for the 11-year NFL veteran.

The Cardinals' performance on Monday Night Football should be all the evidence the front office needs that they need to make some moves around the trade deadline if they hope to be competitive again this season. John Skelton was running for his life all night, and Kevin Kolb is already sidelined with a rib injury after taking repeated poundings because of the offensive line's incompetence.

Until this season, McKinnie had started every game since his rookie year for the Vikings and Ravens.

According to Peter King of SI.com, the Cardinals do have some interest in the veteran tackle:

He'd be a good temporary Band-Aid for the reeling Cardinals, who I hear have some interest in him. They should. Their two starting tackles are the lowest-rated tackles in the NFL, according to ProFootballFocus.com, which has Bobbie Massie and D'Anthony Batiste blamed for the incredible total of 25 sacks and 74 quarterback hits or hurries—in eight games!

There is an obvious need for an offensive tackle in Arizona, but it really depends what the price tag is on McKinnie. He already has a decade-plus of NFL experience under his belt and would not be the long-term solution. If the Ravens were asking to a mid to late-round pick, it would be worth it, but anything of real value would be debatable.

McKinnie has a reputation for having off-field troubles, the most recent being a lawsuit filed against him by the father of rapper Trick Daddy, claiming the offensive lineman owes him $375,000 for money spent at south Florida strip clubs (h/t Baltimore Sun).

You really cannot make this kind of stuff up.

McKinnie would be an obvious upgrade at the tackle position and would bring a wealth of starting experience, something Massie and D'Anthony do not have.

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