by Jason Cole
October 21, 02013
Desperate to improve their offensive line play, the Miami Dolphins acquired former Pro Bowl left tackle Bryant McKinnie from Baltimore on Monday. The Dolphins offensive line has dealt with inconsistency all season long, allowing 26 sacks in seven games during a 4-3 start.
McKinnie is expected to take over for right tackle Tyson Clabo, who has played poorly all season. However, the Dolphins could put McKinnie at left tackle and shift second-year man Jonathan Martin back to right tackle.
The problem for the Dolphins may be keep McKinnie focused on his job. McKinnie, who was a first-round pick in 2002, has developed a well-known reputation in Miami for hitting the clubs. McKinnie played at the University of Miami. Over the past several years, he has been trying to start a music business. He has also been sued by numerous creditors whom he has borrowed money from.
McKinnie also was kicked off the 2009 Pro Bowl roster after partying to much in South Beach and missing practices. McKinnie played well last season during Baltimore’s run to the Super Bowl title, but has generally seen his play fall off in recent years despite his immense talent.
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