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Ravens notebook: Team reaches agreement with McKinnie

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a restructured contract with left tackle Bryant McKinnie that will keep him in Baltimore for the 2012 season.

Earlier Tuesday, it didn't look like that would happen.

McKinnie tweeted early Tuesday, "Decision is made! I'm gone!" before backtracking on his comments a few hours later and eventually agreeing to the restructured deal.

"Bryant McKinnie's with us," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, later adding, "He's been on the team, so we move forward and we're happy about that."

McKinnie was slated to make $3.2 million this season, but will now make reportedly in the range of $2 million with incentives that could bump his salary back towards the original total.

Retaining McKinnie helps Baltimore avoid further concerns along an offensive line that is already the team's biggest offensive question mark heading into the regular season.

"I'm excited about Bryant," Harbaugh said. "I always have been. I've got a lot of respect for him as a football player. Love his style of play. We're going to be strong up front, we're going to have a strong offensive line and he's going to be a big part of that."

HARBAUGH DOESN'T NAME LG: Harbaugh declined to name a starter at left guard for next week's season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bobbie Williams is listed as the starter on the depth chart, but has been hobbled by a surgically repaired right ankle while rookie Kelechi Osemele had an impressive training camp and preseason.

Osemele indicated Monday that coaches have told him to expect to play a significant role on the offense this season, whether it be at left guard or right tackle.

"The feeling that I'm getting is that I'll pretty much have a substantial role," Osemele said. "[I'm] not really sure how things are going to go as far as starting or at what point, but it feels like I'll have a pretty substantial role as far as what coaches have been saying."

Harbaugh substantiated that Tuesday.

"Yes, I'll confirm that," Harbaugh said.

DEVELOPMENTAL PASS RUSHER: Undrafted rookie Adrian Hamilton was one of three players the Ravens signed Monday to fill out their practice squad.

A day later, Harbaugh offered praise for the young pass rusher.

Hamilton, a former Texas Tech transfer, recorded a SWAC conference record 20.5 sacks as a senior at Prairie View A&M last season.

"One of our scouts, Jack Glowik, really liked him coming out of college," Harbaugh said.

Hamilton had six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble during preseason with the Dallas Cowboys, but reportedly had trouble transitioning from a 4-3 defensive end to a 3-4 outside linebacker and struggled on special teams.

"He's a guy that we felt has edge setting ability and flashes as a pass rusher, not only in college but also in the preseason," Harbaugh said. "He's got to pick it up on special teams. I think that's something that was new to him, and he didn't do a great job with that in the preseason. He knows that, and that's something we'll be working with him in all those areas, but he's a guy we think has potential to be a real contributor for us."