Wednesday, March 19, 2014

7th-round pick caps off Dolphins' McKinnie trade


Back in October, the Miami Dolphins traded a conditional draft pick to the Baltimore Ravens for Bryant McKinnie, in an attempt to bolster an offensive line that was giving up sacks at a record pace.

The team has learned that conditional pick will be a seventh-rounder, according to the Palm Beach Post.

McKinnie's acquisition sent right tackle Tyson Clabo to the bench and left tackle Jonathan Martin to the right tackle ahead of Miami's Week 8 game against the New England Patriots, which was just days before Martin would leave the team and plunge the franchise into the bullying scandal.

Martin was placed on the non-football injury list and traded to the San Francisco 49ers earlier this month. The trade netted the Dolphins a 2015 conditional draft pick.

Meanwhile, McKinnie's contract has expired and he remains unsigned one week into the free agency period. He stated recently that he's willing to make the switch to right tackle for the Dolphins (who are still in need of one) or any other team.

He's played left tackle for the entirety of his 12-year career.

Miami's offensive line play stabilized after McKinnie's arrival, but his age, size and price tag make a return in 2014 unlikely. The Dolphins are still expected to target linemen in May's draft, including a starting right tackle.

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