On the heels of a tumultuous-but-ultimately triumphant season, McKinnie is open to returning to Baltimore. Just don't expect a sweetheart deal.
"They already got me at the discount last season," McKinnie told Around The League on Monday at NFL Network headquarters. "They bought a Maserati, they need to pay for the insurance."
McKinnie has been in the NFL for 11 seasons, but he calls this his first real free-agent experience. He recalled Ray Lewis' aggressive courtship that kept McKinnie from truly testing the market in 2011.
"He called me every day, a couple times a day," McKinnie said. "He was like, 'What's there to see, there's nothing to see.' Just come here!' "
"I was very shocked. I still am," McKinnie said. "That's somebody I talked to every day, and it just caught me off guard. I always looked at Anquan as our clutch guy, our go-to guy, so I didn't expect that. That's a loss, but I guess they have a gameplan of what they'll try to do to fill that void."
McKinnie is an intriguing free agent. He believes he has three or four seasons left in him, but given his age (34 in September) and conditioning issues (his inability to stay in shape led to a $1 million pay cut in September), that could be wishful thinking.