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Bryant McKinnie on Chargers visit: 'It's cool,' has offers from San Diego, Dolphins

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Ravens veteran free agent offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie has been offered contracts by the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins following his workout, according to a source.

The Chargers and McKinnie remained in contract discussions as of Wednesday night.

The Dallas Cowboys have also contacted McKinnie, a former Pro Bowl blocker.

He has also maintained dialogue with the Ravens, but has no offer from the defending Super Bowl champions.

When asked how his visit is going so far, McKinnie replied via a text message: "It's cool."

In a subsequent text after the contract discussions started, McKinnie said: "It's nice out here, nothing final yet."

McKinnie remained in San Diego overnight for his two-day visit and took a physical and met with coaches Wednesday after a dinner with coaches and executives Tuesday night.

The workout for the Dolphins "went pretty good," McKinnie said.

An NFL source familiar with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland's thinking described this as a "look-see meeting."

And Ireland is evaluating all of the top available offensive tackles, conducting a Wednesday workout with free agents Eric Winston, Winston Justice and Tyson Clabo.

Although the Ravens haven't made an offer for McKinnie to return, they haven't entirely closed the door on potentially bringing him back.

McKinnie, 33, is an unrestricted free agent who started every game in the playoffs after being replaced at left tackle during the regular season by Michael Oher.

The 6-foot-8, 354-pound New Jersey native has been working out regularly in South Florida. McKinnie has battled conditioning and weight issues in the past.

McKinnie was contacted by the Chicago Bears when free agency started, but they quickly reached a deal with former New Orleans Saints and Towson offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod as their new left tackle.

During the playoffs, McKinnie excelled and drew praise from Ravens coach John Harbaugh for stonewalling several top pass rushers during victories over the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers to win the Vince Lombardi trophy.

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