Bryant McKinnie has spent his entire 12-year NFL career as a left tackle, but that doesn't mean the former University of Miami standout isn't willing to switch sides for the right opportunity.
McKinnie, who started the final 10 games for the Miami Dolphins at left tackle in 2013, told WQAM that he's willing to play right tackle for his next employer.
"It shouldn't be too hard," McKinnie told WQAM in an interview you can listen to here. "I have done it in practice a few times. It shouldn't be too much of a transition."
The Dolphins have not ruled out re-signing McKinnie, a former University of Miami standout, whom the team gave up an undisclosed late-round draft pick to acquire from Baltimore last October.
McKinnie voided the final year of the two-year, $6.3 million deal he signed with the Ravens last offseason to make the trade with Miami happen because he wanted to return to South Florida, and play for the Dolphins.
McKinnie, who turns 35 in September, said it is possible he could wait until after May's draft to sign with his next team. He's searching for the right opportunity and can see himself playing two or three more seasons.
He's started 165 games in his career, but only one season (2012) was spent as a backup.
"I'll definitely compete and as long as its a fair [competition] I feel like I'll win," McKinnie said of remaining an NFL starter. "If there's no favoritism, I think I can win."
Last season McKinnie allowed eight sacks and 38 hurries. He was rated by Profootballfocus.com as the NFL's 65th best offensive tackle based on the 664 snaps he played for the Ravens and Dolphins.
McKinnie said his goal is to find a team where he's a good fit, and a city where he "enjoys working."
The Dolphins are presently searching for offensive guards and offensive tackles to re-construct an offensive line that presently features Branden Albert, a 2013 Pro Bowler, manning the left tackle spot, and Mike Pouncey, a 2013 Pro Bowl selection, handling the center duties.
The Dolphins signed Shelley Smith to a two-year deal worth $5.5 million hoping the four-year veteran can win one of the vacant offensive guard spots. Nate Garner, Sam Brenner and Dallas Thomas are also in the mix to replace last year's starters.
Re-signing McKinnie would provide the Dolphins a veteran leader, a proven NFL starter, and a player capable of filling in for Branden Albert as the team's backup left tackle.
Finding a backup for Albert is important because he's only played 1,000 or more snaps in a season twice in his six-year career.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun