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Is McKinnie on the move?

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Is McKinnie on the move?

Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, who endured a tumultuous training camp that ended with him losing his starting job, is the subject of trade rumors on the eve of the NFL trading deadline.

McKinnie, 33, is apparently drawing interest from the Arizona Cardinals, who have lost four in a row after a 4-0 start and have allowed a league-high 39 sacks.

"McKinnie's the odd man out in the Baltimore tackle rotation ..." writes Sports Illustrated's Peter King. "But he'd be a good temporary Band-Aid for the reeling Cardinals, who I hear have some interest in him."

McKinnie started every game at left tackle last season, his first with the Ravens, and other than a four-game suspension in 2008, he started every game for eight straight seasons for the Vikings from 2003-10.

But the 11-year veteran reported to training camp late this season, took a $1 million pay cut and lost his starting job, as Michael Oher took over at left tackle and rookie Kelechi Osemele assumed the starting spot at right tackle. McKinnie has hardly seen the field this season.

Any trade for McKinnie would likely yield a draft pick, which the Ravens are known to covet, but could compromise an already thin offensive line. Tackle Jah Reid has missed the entire season to date with a calf injury, and Ramon Harewood, another possibility at tackle, moved to guard for the first five games but then lost that job to Bobbie Williams. Harewood has not played tackle in a regular-season game. 

Speculating on a possible Cardinals deal for McKinnie, the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers asks, "Does it make sense to give up a draft pick, or anything else of value, for McKinnie, who is 33 and has a troubled history?"

McKinnie is already having his wages this season garnished by the Ravens as part of a settlement in a lawsuit related to loans he took out during the NFL lockout last year. Then earlier this week, he was sued in Florida after allegedly ringing up six-figure tabs at South Florida strip clubs in 2009 and 2010. He told the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson that the suit was "bogus."

The trading deadline is Thursday, and when asked on Monday about any possible deals, Ravens coach John Harbaugh, not surprisingly, was mum.

"As far as any move we might make, I don’t know. I’m not sure," he said.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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