McKINNEY TRYING OUT – One of the club’s big UFA signings in 2012, nose tackle Brandon McKinney, is trying out.
McKinney hurt a knee (ACL) in preseason his first year, then suffered a meniscus injury last training camp. He has been working out at in Dayton, Ohio, and paid his way to attend.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity,” said McKinney. “Being on IR for the last two years, I’m getting old, 30 is old in the NFL. I don’t want to be forced out by injuries. You want to go out on your own terms.
“It’s been hard trying to convince someone you can still do it. They say getting back in (the 3-4 defense) is like riding a bike. I feel 100 percent. I need to show I can still move around, cut and play the game at a high level. If I can play the game how I know I can, be confident in my knee and ability, I’ll be fine.”
McKinney has played in 61 games and served as a mentor for Art Jones in Baltimore.
“He was one of the older guys when I was a rookie,” said Jones. “He’s strong and a competitor. He pushed me to be a good player. He looks amazing. His range of motion is better than ever. He definitely can help our line. Everything we can do to build the monster helps.”