Now that Bryant McKinnie is back in the fold with Ravens, the affable offensive lineman was all smiles and laughs Wednesday although he was very short with his answers.
Will he start at left tackle vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in the Monday Night Football opener?
"I should ask y'all that," McKinnie said to reporters. "What do y'all think?"
When the question was rephrased, he only responded with laughter.
The fact is, McKinnie is listed first on the depth chart even as he practiced with the second team for much of training camp and didn't start in the first two preseason games. The Ravens were unhappy that the 12-year veteran entered camp out of shape.
The drama came to ahead Tuesday when he announced via Twitter that he was no longer on the team after being asked to restructure a contract that was to pay him 3.2 million this season. Then, the sides worked out a deal.
Ravens asked him in person about the restructuring at first, then all the negotiating took place over the phone. Coach John Harbaugh even called. McKinnie claims he only was peeved because it was supposed to be his off day.
"At that point I thought I was already gone. I was surprised to get the phone call. I thought it was a farewell phone call," McKinnie said.
The split averted for now, McKinnie has no hard feelings towards Harbaugh and doesn't expect the ordeal to impact his performance negatively.
"I have no problem. Everything is business," McKinnie said. "You can't (get) too many emotions tied up in it when you have to deal with business at the same time. It was business on their end. It was business on my end and we took care of it."