Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Cut McKinnie to save Grubbs?




Pro Bowl unrestricted free agent Ben Grubbs is a player the Ravens would love to keep – provided the cost isn’t exorbitant and that it doesn’t tilt the scales so heavily towards the interior of the offensive line that they can’t afford a quality long-term tackle for Joe Flacco’s blind side.

Some have suggested that the Baltimore Ravens release Bryant McKinnie to create cap space for Grubbs. But wouldn’t solving one problem (not being able to afford Grubbs) trigger another problem at left tackle?

Granted, McKinnie wasn’t the end-all-be-all at left tackle but he was serviceable and the Ravens inability to advance beyond the AFC Championship could hardly be hung on his shoulders.

But let’s look at the economics…

McKinnie received a $1M bonus last year, so $500K of that $4.2M (his 2012 cap figure) would still count towards this year’s if he is released. The $3.7M savings would go a long way toward creating room for Grubbs, but if the Ravens replace McKinnie with a stop gap solution, chances are they would have to sign someone who would earn close to the same amount that the team would save through a McKinnie release.

The team could turn the blind side duties back over to Michael Oher and have Jah Reid, a player the team is apparently high on, fill in at right tackle. But Oher has struggled at left tackle. Do the Ravens really want to go there again? What if Reid isn’t ready to be a starter? What’s next, Ramon Harewood?

Unless the Ravens are willing to assume these risks, the only way that Grubbs remains a Raven is if he’s willing to give the team a hometown discount.

Didn’t we have a similar conversation a few years back regarding Jason Brown?

6 comments :

tp89 said...

keep grubbs and whole ine together and go get some ends like randy moss, hines ward, brandon lloyd and peyton hillis a power runningback....use a two big running attack .Use a little run and shoot offense with tyrod...score more points... the offense is dead.. torrey smith needs to improve on his patterns and hands

Jerry B said...

The OL must be their #1 priority as it was a #1 concern last year. So, finding a way to keep Grubbs and McKinnie is essential as is bolstering it through the draft. The more I watch pro football, the more convinced I become that games are won and lost in the....trenches! That being said, I have "zero" confidence in Cam Cameron's ability to generate an efficient offense......

Anonymous said...

Are you really goingg to pay two guards 15m per year (6.5M per for Yanda and likely 8M plus for Grubbs)? Don't you pay tackles? That's why you don't keep Grubbs. That's bad business. Play Reid at Left Guard and call it a day. Then go find a good left tackle and pay him.

Phil from Frostburg said...

Jerry B,
Please stop whining about Cameron. It's getting so bad that no one posts here anymore except you.

JerryB said...

Phil: You just posted, didn't you? I'll let up on Cameron as soon as he's.....gone!!!

Baltimore Ravens Tickets said...

We would love to see Grubbs always and remain on the team. He is a very important player of the team and is considered an asset. We just hope that his cost as a player would not compromise the team and may not lead to the resigning of contract in the future.