By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
12:31 PM EDT, May 8, 2013
Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie has officially signed his two-year contract worth up to $7 million.
McKinnie flew into town from South Florida to finalize the paperwork on his deal after agreeing to terms last week.
McKinnie remained with the Ravens after working out for the Miami Dolphins and visiting the San Diego Chargers, garnering offers from both teams.
The Ravens' contract was his best financial offer. The deal includes an undisclosed signing bonus, weight clauses and workout bonuses, according to a source.
“Having Bryant back is a big plus for us," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. "We were hoping that would be the case. I’m looking forward to seeing him next week and getting him in here and going to work. We want our line to be as strong as it can possibly be, and that makes us stronger.”
Last week, McKinnie told The Baltimore Sun that he was happy he was able to remain with the Ravens after his foray into free agency.
"I'm excited to be back," McKinnie said. "I didn't really want to leave anyway. I like being in Baltimore."
McKinnie's plan is to reprise his play from the Ravens' Super Bowl run.
With McKinnie at left tackle, Michael Oher at right tackle and Kelechi Osemele playing left guard, the Ravens allowed just six sacks in four playoff victories capped by defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens averaged 410.3 yards of total offense, as quarterback Joe Flacco had plenty of time to throw 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions during the postseason.
"Yep, that's what I want to do," McKinnie said. "I want to pick up from there. I feel like we have a chance for a great year with me and K.O. on the left side."
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