Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher has switched positions in each of his three seasons in the NFL.
In 2009, the team’s first-round draft pick, who was a left tackle at Mississippi, played right tackle in his rookie season. A year later, the Jared Gaither saga prompted the Ravens to move him to left tackle. After starting 16 games on the blind side, Oher was shuffled back to right tackle in 2011 when Bryant McKinnie was signed.
In an appearance last week on “The Norris & Davis Show” on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, Oher said that he would play whatever position on the offensive line the Ravens ask him to play. “It doesn’t matter as long as we’re winning games and getting to championships,” he said. However, Oher explained that it is difficult to switch from spot to spot and said it would be beneficial if he didn’t have to learn (or relearn) another position.
“It’s not easy to do at all,” said Oher, who considers himself a right tackle. “It takes time to get used to. So this offseason I can work at it a little bit more. If I can play one position, that would be great.”
McKinnie is under contract for the 2012 season. If McKinnie, who is slated to make $3.2 million in 2012, is back with the team, Oher will likely remain at right tackle, where he started 16 games in both 2009 and 2011. Left guard Ben Grubbs is an unrestricted free agent. So is center Matt Birk, who is considering retirement.
The offensive line could be shuffled around again heading into 2012 depending on how this uncertain offseason plays out.
“The roster changes every year in the NFL,” Oher told The Fan. “I’m pretty sure we’re going to make the right moves to bring the right guys back or in. We’ve got great guys working upstairs.”