So why did the Ravens wait until a week before the season opener to go to Bryant McKinnie for some cash back?
Was it just because they could?
McKinnie has reported financial problems, so he obviously needs an NFL gig. If he had left the Ravens, he probably would have ended up with another team that could use a veteran offensive tackle, but at this point, who knows how quickly that would happen? With everyone in the NFL gearing up for the openers and with guaranteed money to anyone whos on the roster for Week 1, McKinnie might have had to wait a while, giving him even less leverage. If the Ravens had approached him about a pay cut a couple of weeks back, McKinnie could have decided to walk and had more opportunity to latch on with another team in time for Week 1.
You cant necessarily argue with the Ravens view that McKinnie, whose conditioning and weight have been concerns in recent seasons, was overpaid at 3.2 million. So, yeah, as The Suns Mike Preston suggests, McKinnie is a prime candidate for incentive clauses.
But this smacks of a strong-arm move and out of character for what has generally been an organization that conducts itself with class.