The Miami Dolphins have traded with the Baltimore Ravens to acquire left tackle Bryant McKinnie.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer broke the news on Monday:
The Miami Dolphins, who've been dealing w o-line trouble, have traded with the Ravens for Bryant McKinnie according to Ravens sources— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 21, 2013
Head coach John Harbaugh later confirmed the news, saying the team received a late-round conditional pick for McKinnie:
Harbaugh says #Ravens would get a conditional late pick in return from Dolphins.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 21, 2013
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting that the pick will be a 6th or 7th round selection:
6th or 7th. Plus, won’t pay his salary RT @jeffzrebiecsun: Harbaugh said Ravens will get conditional late pick in return for McKinnie— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 21, 2013
General manager Jeff Ireland made a lot of bold moves in the offseason to revamp the Dolphins roster, but one notable exception was protecting the team's most prized investment—2012 No. 8 overall pick Ryan Tannehill.
The second-year quarterback has shown progress with new playmakers like Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson at his disposal, but Miami has lost three games in a row after a 3-0 start. It needs to fortify a porous offensive line, which has been the main culprit for Tannehill being sacked an NFL-high 26 times.
Jonathan Martin was a second-round pick last year, as the team hoped he'd be a franchise tackle to help protect Tannehill.
However, Martin has struggled on the left side, and Pete Damilatis of Pro Football Focus suspects that the Stanford product could move back to right tackle with this reported trade:
The Dolphins might be considering moving Jonathan Martin back to RT. Tyson Clabo has been an unexpected mess over there.— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) October 21, 2013
McKinnie has had a bit of a turbulent career since being the seventh overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft, often not living up to his billing.
That changed last season, when he played sparingly in the regular season for Baltimore but started during the team's run to winning Super Bowl XLVII.
A big part of Joe Flacco's success in attacking defenses and throwing the ball deep was the pass protection McKinnie and others provided up front. Flacco threw 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the postseason with McKinnie protecting his blind side.
It's been a different story this season, however, as McKinnie's play has regressed and the Ravens offensive line has had difficulty protecting Flacco and establishing the run.
In fact, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun notes that McKinnie has been inactive the past two weeks since Baltimore traded for former Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Eugene Monroe:
McKinnie has been inactive past two weeks after Ravens traded for LT Eugene Monroe.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) October 21, 2013
The Dolphins' acquisition of McKinnie will be helpful if he returns to the form he flashed in last year's playoffs, but he is 34 years old and could be a liability if his inconsistent play continues.