Tuesday, March 18, 2014

McKinnie changes tune regarding positional move


When the Miami Dolphins traded for Bryant McKinnie last offseason, the veteran offensive lineman made it clear that he would be comfortable playing one position, and one position only.

"I'm a left tackle," McKinnie said that week. "All I've ever played. I've never taken a snap at right tackle."

But now that McKinnie is without a team, and quite frankly not a must-have for any of the 32 NFL squads, he seems a little more open to late career move over to right tackle. It would serve him just as well, as he would no longer be responsible for his signal-caller's blindside.

"It shouldn't be too hard," McKinnie told WQAM this week, via the Sun-Sentinel. "I have done it in practice a few times. It shouldn't be too much of a transition."

If McKinnie made a return to Miami, which he is supposedly open to, he'd be competing for a gig on the right side. The Dolphins signed veteran standout left tackle Branden Albert last week, and Albert will undoubtedly maintain his post.

McKinnie, who started the last 10 games of the 2013 season at left tackle for the Dolphins, thinks he'd win any positional competition with any team, assuming it's a fair fight.

"I'll definitely compete and as long as its a fair [competition] I feel like I'll win," the 34-year-old McKinnie said. "If there's no favoritism, I think I can win."

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