At the training complex Wednesday with his daughter, Dinkins said he would love to be back in Baltimore. He's extremely active in the community. Plus, his daughter has made a lot of good friends at school. However, labor discord may cause the salary cap to not go up as high as initially projected.
That means middle-class athletes like Dinkins could get squeezed.
With five other teams interested, it's a long shot that he'll be retained and the Ravens' offense and kick coverage will miss a tough guy who scrapped his way into the NFL from the semi-pro Pittsburgh Colts.
In talking with Dinkins, a good person who's well prepared economically and educationally for life after football -- it occurred to me that the rank-and-file union membership ought to be allowed to vote on a referendum on whether they want to accept the NFL's current offer to avoid financial disaster instead of leaving it all in union chief Gene Upshaw's hands.
In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.
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