Monday, October 21, 2013

Dolphins trade for Ravens tackle McKinnie


The Miami Dolphins' struggling offensive line emerged from the bye week unchanged from a personnel standpoint, but apparently the team didn't completely close the door on opportunities.

A day after right tackle Tyson Clabo surrendered a pair of fourth-quarter sacks in a loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Dolphins traded for Baltimore Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie, as first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

McKinnie, who received a good look from the Dolphins in free agency, recently gave up his starting left tackle job to Eugene Monroe.

If McKinnie passes the impending physical, a couple scenarios could play out. McKinnie could replace Clabo on the right side, or he could step in on the left side, in which case Jonathan Martin would move back to right tackle, where he started most of last year.

“Great to get a chance to play in front of a lot of fans I had since college [and] to join and help improve a team," McKinnie told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Miami has given up a league-most 24 sacks this season, with Clabo accounting for a third of them. Provided he's healthy, McKinnie would be an upgrade in that department, though his run-blocking acumen isn't off the charts.

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