NFL Weekly Transaction Tracker
By Staff Writer Matt Pearce:
Over the last few seasons, there have been very few trades for players, especially in-season trades. This year has been a different story and this week saw another trade.
Miami Dolphins trade for OT Bryant McKinnie
In this week’s biggest move, the Dolphins traded with the Baltimore Ravens for their disgruntled, 34-year old left tackle. In return, the Ravens will receive a conditional late round draft pick.
Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the seventh overall pick in 2002, his career has been up-and-down with off-the-field incidents as the downs and a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl ring as the ups.
Off-the-field, McKinnie has been involved in a few controversies which include the Vikings’ Love Boat Scandal in 2005, being arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence outside a Miami nightclub in 2008, and an incident this year where teammate Jacoby Jones was allegedly hit on the head with a bottle by a stripper named Sweat Pea during a birthday party for McKinnie. He also showed up to Vikings’ training camp after the NFL lockout in 2011 at over 400 pounds.
On the plus side, McKinnie had a streak of 80 consecutive starts for the Vikings and made the 2009 Pro Bowl. Naturally though, things didn’t go smoothly there as McKinnie didn’t play due to injuries but wasn’t straightforward with the league about this and had to forfeit his game check and pay back other expenses.
On the play that injured Brett Favre in 2010 and caused his streak of 297 consecutive starts to end, McKinnie was the one who gave up the sack.
After showing up well overweight to the Vikings’ training camp, they released him and was soon signed by the Ravens. In 2011, he started all 16 games, but in 2012, he started no regular season games as he was in head coach John Harbaugh’s doghouse over a lack of effort and weight issues.
For the playoffs, the Ravens shuffled their offensive line around, inserting McKinnie into the lineup. This change helped spark the offense and kept quarterback Joe Flacco clean while he had a record-setting postseason which ended in a Super Bowl victory.
In the offseason, McKinnie was a free agent and re-signed with the Ravens after being on the open market for awhile.
This season, he struggled in every game, causing the Ravens to trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars for Eugene Monroe. This move left McKinnie without a spot on the line, leading to speculation that he would be traded.
The Dolphins have had trouble with their offensive line all season, especially from their tackles. With this move, left tackle Jonathan Martin will be moved to the right side with McKinnie going to his normal spot on the blind-side. Current right tackle Tyson Clabo is expected to be either cut or traded in the ensuing weeks.
Miami was a logical location for McKinnie as he went to college there so he will be happy there and the Dolphins needed some help on the line. The Dolphins get a veteran starter (who has another year left on his contract after this season) and the Ravens get a draft pick (probably a seventh round pick that can turn into a sixth) for a player their no longer needed. Both teams walk away from this trade feeling happy.
The Arizona Cardinals sign CB Teddy Williams.
The Arizona Cardinals waive LB Kenny Demens.
The Atlanta Falcons release S Shann Schillinger.
The Atlanta Falcons sign WR Darius Johnson.
The Atlanta Falcons sign LB Thomas Howard.
The Atlanta Falcons waive LB Jamar Chaney.
The Baltimore Ravens cut TE Billy Bajema.
The Carolina Panthers claim WR Taverras King off waivers.
The Carolina Panthers cut CB D.J. Moore.
The Chicago Bears sign LB Jerry Franklin.
The Chicago Bears sign QB Jordan Palmer.
The Chicago Bears cut TE Steve Maneri.
The Chicago Bears release CB C.J. Wilson.
The Cleveland Browns sign WR Tori Gurley.
The Cleveland Browns sign CB Julian Posey.
The Cleveland Browns waive RB Bobby Rainey.
The Cleveland Browns claim CB Jordan Poyer off waivers.
The Cleveland Browns cut CB Julian Posey.
The Cleveland Browns sign WR Brian Tyms.
The Cleveland Browns waive WR Tori Gurley.
The Dallas Cowboys sign DE Jason Vega.
The Dallas Cowboys sign DT Marvin Austin.
The Denver Broncos waive WR Tavarres King.
The Detroit Lions release TE Dorin Dickerson.
The Detroit Lions sign WR Jeremy Ross.
The Detroit Lions sign OT Barry Richardson.
The Detroit Lions cut TE Tony Scheffler.
The Green Bay Packers waive RB Michael Hill.
The Green Bay Packers claim WR Chris Harper off waivers.
The Houston Texans waive RB Cierre Wood.
The Houston Texans waive DE Sam Montgomery.
The Houston Texans waive LB Willie Jefferson.
The Houston Texans release LB Tim Dobbins.
The Indianapolis Colts sign CB Jalil Brown.
The Indianapolis Colts release TE Dominique Jones.
The Miami Dolphins sign DT Isaako Aaitui.
The Miami Dolphins waive LB Josh Kaddu.
The Minnesota Vikings sign CB Jacob Lacey.
The Minnesota Vikings waive CB Jacob Lacey.
The Minnesota Vikings claim CB Shaun Prater off waivers.
The New England Patriots waive DT Andre Neblett.
The New England Patriots sign DE Andre Carter.
The New Orleans Saints sign QB Ryan Griffin.
The New Orleans Saints waive LB Martez Wilson.
The New York Giants sign C Dallas Reynolds.
The New York Jets release QB Brady Quinn.
The Oakland Raiders claim LB Martez Wilson off waivers.
The Oakland Raiders cut DE Christo Bilukidi.
The Philadelphia Eagles sign RB Matthew Tucker.
The Philadelphia Eagles release CB Jordan Poyer.
The Philadelphia Eagles sign LB Emmanuel Acho.
The Philadelphia Eagles release CB Shaun Prater.
The Pittsburgh Steelers release RB Isaac Redman.
The Pittsburgh Steelers sign LB Kion Wilson.
The Pittsburgh Steelers sign RB George Winn.
The Seattle Seahawks sign FB Michael Robinson.
The St. Louis Rams sign QB Brady Quinn.
The St. Louis Rams sign Austin Davis.
The St. Louis Rams waive G Brandon Washington.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut WR Skye Dawson.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claim RB Bobby Rainey off waivers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign WR Skye Dawson.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut DE Trevor Scott.
The Tennessee Titans release KR Darius Reynaud.
The Washington Redskins sign S Jordan Pugh.