Being drafted in the first round with the seventh pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, Bryant McKinnie was supposed to be a big-time tackle in the NFL. He was dubbed an immediate Pro Bowl selection year-in and year-out and was going to start the evolution of the offensive tackle.
After all, at 6-foot-8 and nearly 340 pounds, McKinnie was one of the biggest athletes ever to play football in the NFL. His combination of size and strength was unmatched by any other athlete.
He started his rookie season at left tackle and has been there ever since. Well, except for his four game suspension by the NFL 2008 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy stemming from a brawl at a night club in Miami.
Not only that, but he was also the leader in the infamous "Love Boat" scandal in 2005.
Here we are in 2010 and McKinnie earns his first trip to the Pro Bowl. After eight seasons of mediocrity, he finally gets one that he doesn't deserve.
Not only did he not deserve it, he became the first player in NFL history to be dismissed from the Pro Bowl. It's not only embarrassing to the NFL for letting this guy participate (or lack there of), but embarrassing the way he represented Minnesota and their fans. He showed extreme disrespect and has shown no remorse.
When it's all said and done, McKinnie has been an average tackle in the NFL. But despite that average status, McKinnie is still worth some good coin.
It's no secret that the offensive line has been terrible this season. Their run-blocking was atrocious and their pass blocking was just terrible all season long.
For those who think otherwise, want some evidence?
Adrian Peterson led the league in hits at or behind the line of scrimmage and by a good margin I'm told. That's an embarrassing stat for one of the best running backs in the NFL.
Here's a suggestion Minnesota, trade Bryant McKinnie.
The guy will be 31 years old next season and at his size, won't be able to offer much more in the next few years. The guy still has some value and could be used to pick up a better, younger replacement in this year's draft.
I think some team would be willing to give up a second round pick for the guy, maybe even a late first round pick. Not only that, but there are plenty of offensive lineman the Vikings could replace him with.
I know the Vikings may have bigger needs (center, cornerback, quarterback), but a quarterback is only as good as his offensive line allows him to be. Sadly for Bryant McKinnie, that isn't very good.
McKinnie was made a fool out of himself, the Minnesota Vikings organization, the NFL, and most of all, the Vikings fans who care so much about this team and their future in the wonderful state of Minnesota.
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