Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie was surprised to receive a telephone call from the team Tuesday night informing him of a pending trade for Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Eugene Monroe.
"I got a phone call and got a head's up," McKinnie said. "I knew about it a little bit before ya'll. I was kind of surprised, but I was told the situation.
"This is business, so they're going to do what's best for their business. That's all I can say about that."
Now that the trade is official, with Monroe joining the Ravens in exchange for fourth-round and fifth-round draft picks, McKinnie didn't rule out the possibility of being traded should he be demoted from the starting lineup. The Ravens have said Monroe is coming here to play left tackle.
The Ravens are expected to explore the possibility of trading McKinnie, according to league sources. It remains unclear if there's a market for McKinnie, who visited the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers prior to signing a two-year, $6.3 million contract in May that included a $2 million signing bonus.
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His $1 million base salary is guaranteed for the season.
"We'll have to see," McKinnie said. "Maybe a trade. Who knows?"
McKinnie didn't sound like a man resigned to being relegated to the bench going forward.
"Who says that's what I'm going to have to adjust to?" McKinnie said. "It maybe not. We don't know yet."
Although McKinnie hasn't graded out highly this season after reporting for training camp well above his target weight of 346 pounds and hasn't qualified for a $100,000 weight bonus paid through $6,250 weekly weight bonuses, the former Pro Bowler says he's improving each week
"I'm getting better and better each game," McKinnie said.