It has been no secret that the Cardinals have the worst offensive line in football. Through the first half of the season, Arizona's o-line has allowed 39 sacks on Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, the most in the league by far.
The o-lines struggles are thanks in large part to injuries and guys who frankly shouldn't be starters. Levi Brown and Jeremy Bridges, who were suppose to be the book end starters at both tackle spots, suffered season-ending injuries before the start of the season.
With Brown and Bridges down, the Cardinals have had to turn to D'Anthony Batiste and rookie Bobby Massie as starters. Before his start in Week One, Batiste had never started a game on the left side. Massie's first year in the league was expected to be spent learning on the bench, but he has been pushed into the fire.
Because of the struggles of Batiste and Massie, who some have said are the worst tackle combo in the history of the NFL, the Cardinals are looking to upgrade the position through either free agency or a trade. The NFL's Trade Deadline is on Thursday afternoon.
SI.com's Peter King wrote on Tuesday that the Cardinals are looking into the possibility of adding Bryant McKinnie of the Baltimore Ravens. A 11-year veteran, McKinnie has spent his 2012 on the bench behind starters Michael Oher and rookie Kelechi Osemele.
Could Bryant McKinnie be the answer for someone? McKinnie's the odd man out in the Baltimore tackle rotation (Michael Oher's taken his old left tackle job, with Iowa State rookie Kelechi Osemele now the right tackle. McKinnie played but 23 offensive snaps in the last three Ravens game. But he'd be a good temporary Band-Aid for the reeling Cardinals, who I hear have some interest in him. They should. Their two starting tackles are the lowest-rated tackles in the NFL, according to ProFootballFocus.com, which has Bobbie Massie and D'Anthony Batiste blamed for the incredible total of 25 sacks and 74 quarterback hits or hurries -- in eight games!
The 33-year-old went to one Pro Bowl back in 2009. Over his career in Minnesota and Baltimore, McKinnie has started 147 of 148 games. From 2003-2007, he started 80 consecutive games for the Vikings, proving he is extremely durable.
Considering how poorly Batiste and Massie have played, adding McKinnie would be a smart move by the Cardinals. He would come cheap, probably a late round pick at worse, and he could play either tackle position.
He can't be any worse than what the Cardinals have at the moment right?