McKinnie will have the rest of the preseason to prove he can still start in the NFL.
Even if he does earn the starting job, Ravens fans should not expect too much out of him.
There were serious concerns about McKinnie's ability to still play, and the fact that he allowed his weight to get out of control during the lockout leads to questions about his desire.
The Ravens would be wise to take it slow with McKinnie.
The worst thing they could do would be to line him up against James Harrison or LaMarr Woodley in week one before he is ready.
McKinnie's best days are most likely behind him, but it does not hurt the Ravens to take a chance on a former Pro Bowler.
The true impact of this addition will not be felt until the season starts. Right now, for Ravens fans, it shows that management realizes the offensive line is the biggest weakness on an otherwise strong team. Ozzie Newsome and company have attempted to fill a hole with a former Pro Bowler.
That in itself makes this a fairly big addition for the Ravens. The signing of Bryant McKinnie should not signal an end to the Ravens search for offensive line depth. They would do well to sign at least one more lineman, possibly one with the versatility to play more than one position.