McKinnie, who spent his first nine seasons with the Vikings, has bounced around the league the past couple of years, making stops in Baltimore (where he won a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens) and Miami since the Vikings released him for (reportedly) showing up at their 2011 Training Camp weighing close to 400 pounds.
McKinnie's drafting by the Vikings led to one of the ugliest contract squabbles in team history. It was certainly the most protracted, as the Vikings signed McKinnie just days before they would have lost his draft rights. But, he signed a five-year deal with the team, and a few years later was given a seven-year extension worth $48.5 million.
According to TMZ, McKinnie decided it would be a good idea to stiff a couple of lawyers in Florida for a shade over $21,000. Since he didn't have the cash to pay them, he's had his car repossessed instead. He also recently reached a settlement in a lawsuit over (reportedly) running up $375,000 of bills at a strip club.
(I've read that last sentence three or four times. Yes, it's accurate. No, I don't believe it, either.)
McKinnie is one of many athletes that has gone through what, to many of us, would seem like an ungodly amount of money over the course of his career. ESPN did a pretty good job of exploring this phenomenon in one of their 30 for 30 programs, simply titled Broke.
McKinnie has not yet landed with a team for the 2014 season. At this point, being in his mid-30s and not nearly the player he was when he was lined up next to Steve Hutchinson as one of the more formidable left sides in the NFL, you have to wonder if he's going to. If he doesn't, one would think that his financial issues are only going to get worse.