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McKinnie dishes on what happened


McKinnie dishes on what happened

Despite being a tumultuous day for Bryant McKinnie, the Ravens left tackle was light-hearted when talking about almost leaving the team Tuesday.

In an 11-minute interview with WNST-AM (1570) Baltimore, McKinnie explained exactly what happened with coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, who asked the 13-year vet to take a significant paycut or he'd be released by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Ravens open Monday vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. Although McKinnie is listed as the starting left tackle on the depth chart, he practiced a lot with the second team and didn't start the first two preseason games. McKinnie reported to training camp five days late and had issues with conditioning which has been an ongoing saga.

"It's been a long day and a half I guess. John and Ozzie called me into the office (Monday) and they were just talking about restructing the deal," McKinnie told the station. "Different kind of stuff that caught me off guard because I had no clue that any of this was coming up, especially a week before the game. It's not what I want to be thinking about."

When asked why the matter came up this late in the process, McKinnie said: "They were giving me different reasons and stuff like that. I said I had to talk to my agent. Once my agent and I spoke, we didn't agree to some of the terms. I agreed to come down but I didn't agree to do everything that they presented. That's when they stopped negotiating and basically were like, 'We need to know by 4 o'colck (Tuesday) or we'll have to let you go."

That's when McKinnie thought he was no longer a Raven.

"We talked again in the morning. I got a phone call from my agent. ... Then coach Harbs called and said I feel like we should be able to try and work this out. ...Then Ozzie started calling and we started negotiating again, after I had already assumed it was over, and we finally came to an agreement," he said.

McKinnie said the Ravens wanted him to take more than a 50 pay cut, which refused. He was scheduled to make 3.2 million this season.

After feeling like the Ravens were trying to force his hand, McKinnie said he's now OK with the agreement.

"I felt like, 'They're trying to take advantage of the situation.' We were able to work things out where everybody felt comfortable," he said. "That's what made me feel better."

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst


Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 


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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."