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Ravens expected to explore trading Bryant McKinnie, sources say

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The Ravens could attempt to trade left tackle Bryant McKinnie now that they're in the process of finalizing their trade for his replacement, Eugene Monroe, from the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to league sources.

McKinnie, 34, participated in the Ravens' walkthrough practice today, but his status remains unresolved.

Whether the Ravens will be successful at trading McKinnie remains to be seen with a fluid market for offensive tackles following the trade for Monroe. If they're unable to move McKinnie, the Ravens could just have him back up Monroe.

McKinnie reported to training camp over his prescribed target weight of 346 pounds and the 6-foot-8 former Pro Bowl blocker has fluctuated between 355 and 357 pounds as his weight hasn't dropped much since the summer, according to sources.

And McKinnie has yet to earn any of his $100,000 weight clause that would have paid him $6,250 per game for every week he met his target weight.

McKinnie reported to the Minnesota Vikings at roughly 386 pounds and was released after the NFL lockout before signing with the Ravens.

Former Philadelphia Eagles director of pro personnel Louis Riddick lauded the Ravens for the trade and cited Monroe's athleticism as a good fit for run-game coordinator Juan Castillo.

"I think Eugene is right up Juan's alley as far as possessing a lot of the athletic skills and character that Juan loves," said Riddick, an ESPN analyst. "Juan loves long arms, good feet and Eugene is accustomed to playing with vertically-oriented pass sets. He's young, healthy, has been relatively durable and has good character, a lot of the things that Bryant McKinnie isn't now. Bryant is old, surly, you can't trust him. He doesn't have good feet anymore.

"For a guy 345 pounds, he can't run block worth [crap]. They know Bryant is not the answer. This move makes sense. You look at Eugene and he's been their best offensive lineman in Jacksonville. This should make Joe Flacco more comfortable. It's a great move for Jacksonville because they're really devoid of talent. This is not an indictment at all of Eugene Monroe's play. When you watch him, he's been playing well. I think it's a great move for them and Baltimore. Now, the Ravens have two of the top tackles from the 2009 draft with Eugene and Michael Oher."

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