The return of Bryant McKinnie to the Ravens does more than give the team a capable veteran at the crucial left tackle spot. The ripple effect sets up their offensive line.

Had one of McKinnie’s flirtations with other teams actually turned into a real relationship, the Ravens apparently would have put Kelechi Osemele at left tackle instead of at left guard. Though Osemele expressed a willingness to play tackle if need be while speaking to BaltimoreRavens.com last month, at the same time, he also indicated a preference for guard.

“I felt like it was pretty natural, just with the build of my body and everything like that,” Osemele told the website. “I felt like it was a smooth transition and a natural move for me.”

The Sun’s Mike Preston took Osemele’s preference a step further, writing that Osemele wanted no part of playing tackle.