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Early Tuesday afternoon, Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie posted this interesting, somewhat-cryptic update on his Twitter page after contract negotiations with his team went awry.
Decision is made! I'm gone!
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That inspired a collection of “Wha?” and “Huh?” retweets from all the assembled media, including a devastatingly-clever “Gone to get lunch?” RT from me.
It was all surreal, until Ravens Insider reported that McKinnie sent him a text message that said McKinnie was no longer a member of the Baltimore organization.
McKinnie was owed $3.2 million in base salary for 2012 -- which would be guaranteed if he's still on the roster by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday -- but according to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens wanted to renegotiate his deal in an attempt to cut his pay (hey, it's no big deal. He's only protecting the team's franchise quarterback).
Clearly, McKinnie wasn't interested in that -- CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora, though, is reporting that McKinnie was amenable to some sort of team discount; just not the paycut the Ravens want him to take. Here's some more context for why.
McKinnie couldn't exactly afford a pay cut after team was forced to garnish half his wages for not paying back a lockout loan.
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At this point, it's unclear whether the Ravens actually have waived McKinnie.
If he is gone, as Rapid Reporter Jason Butt points out, Michael Oher would move to left tackle (remember, the team brought in McKinnie because it was unsatisfied with Oher at the left tackle spot), 2012 second-round pick Kelechi Osemele would suit up at right tackle, and the team would be down to eight offensive lineman.
"We couldn't come to an agreement on a contract restructure, which leads to me being released,” McKinnie told NFL.com's Albert Breer.