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Dolphins Trade for OT Bryant McKinnie

Will Ryan Tannehill continue to take shots like this with Bryant McKinnie in the mix?

Allowing two sacks on the Dolphins’ final two offensive possessions — one which resulted in a Ryan Tannehill fumble and led to the Bills’ eventual game-winning field goal — during the team’s third consecutive loss on Sunday, was apparently the final straw.

Right tackle Tyson Clabo will soon be replaced in the starting lineup.

That’s because the Dolphins traded for veteran left tackle Bryant McKinnie on Monday evening. Mckinnie’s former team — the Baltimore Ravens — will reportedly receive a late-round draft pick from the Dolphins for his services.

McKinnie, who had recently been replaced on the Ravens’ offensive line by Eugene Monroe, will start along Miami’s offensive line as soon as he becomes acclimated to his new system. The 34-year-old veteran has always been a blindside protector, so the Dolphins are likely to move Jonathan Martin to right tackle to replace Clabo and plug in McKinnie on the left side.

With how horrible quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s pass protection was during the first six games of the season — games in which the Dolphins allowed a combined 26 sacks — change was desperately needed.

But does replacing one washed up veteran tackle with another really solve Miami’s issues?

While Tyson Clabo is ranked as the NFL’s 66th most effective offensive tackle, Bryant McKinnie only grades out one spot ahead at No. 65 after the five games he started in Baltimore this season, after all (according to Pro Football Focus).

But there is a chance, albeit small, that McKinnie will improve with a change of scenery. A change of scenery that just so happens to be the town in which he played his college ball at the University of Miami.

Staying the course, on the other hand, wasn’t going to cut it for the Dolphins. That was fairly obvious. Tyson Clabo is just too porous of a pass protector at this stage of his career. And while there is no guarantee that change will actually improve Tannehill’s protection, there is at least a possibility that it could.

To make room for McKinnie on the 53-man roster, the Dolphins waived linebacker Josh Kaddu.


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3 Responses to “Dolphins Trade for OT Bryant McKinnie”

  1. Dennis says:

    Fuck this team I have seen enough! They will be lucky to go 6-10 and this franchise is fucking cursed they will never win the division again or return to the playoffs! New players new coaches new quarterbacks new jerseys logo same old shit! Fuck the Dolphins

  2. joselpacheco says:

    Never say never go dolphin’s go remember this is the N F L anything could happen dolphin’s fan for life !!!!!!!

  3. […] The Dolphins traded for veteran left tackle Bryant McKinnie from the Baltimore Ravens for a late – round draft […]

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