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Chargers set to add former Bills blocker Chad Rinehart

Chad Rinehart AP

The Chargers have a glaring need on the offensive line, and they’re taking a low-key approach to fixing it.

A day after signing former Eagles tackle King Dunlap, they’re now close to a deal with former Bills guard Chad Rinehart, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.

Rinehart started 17 games in three years for the Bills, and has a tie to the Chargers via offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris, who was with the Bills last year.

UPDATE 1:56 p.m. ET: The deal is done, with Rinehart agreeing to a one-year deal.

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10 Responses to “Chargers set to add former Bills blocker Chad Rinehart”
  1. allnflfan says: Mar 13, 2013 1:49 PM

    Molding the Charger line after the 2012 lines of Philly (horrid) and Buffalo (not quite as horrid) does not seem like a promising strategy.

  2. germanstingray says: Mar 13, 2013 1:51 PM

    It will be 100% sickening if the Chargers don’t sign Eric Winston for the right side.

  3. alphaq2 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:53 PM

    This guy couldn’t crack the starting line up on one of the worst lines the Redskins ever had. How is he still in the NFL? Amazing.

  4. pftfollower says: Mar 13, 2013 1:54 PM

    Do your homework. Buffalo had one of the best offensive lines in the league last year. Both in pass protection and run blocking. They are a perfect team to model when quickly rebuilding an O Line. A task that was done by D’Alessandris himself

  5. tomcous says: Mar 13, 2013 2:09 PM

    I don’t know how the Redskins used him, but he did quite well with the Bills! … I had thought he was negotiating to replace Levitre in the starting lineup. Good luck to you Chad!

  6. jaysaucer says: Mar 13, 2013 2:38 PM

    I’m a Bills fan, and this sucks. I thought Rinehart was a hidden gem and he’d be resigned. Good move by D’Alessandris. Dammit. Both top left guards now leave a glaring hole. The misery continues here in WNY……

  7. catquick says: Mar 13, 2013 2:42 PM

    Se roe sanders will walk right in. Colin Brown, according to scouting reports, is better than LeVitre in the run game, a power blocker with an attitude. LeVitre was getting no push. Could work out good for Bills

  8. scottytboltfan says: Mar 13, 2013 3:11 PM

    Tolesco and McCoy are brining in their guys, I’m totally fine with this. The Bolts lacked depth in a number of areas and the O-line was the most void of talent.

    Losing Vasquez was a minor blow, the guy was solid in pass protection and was below average at run blocking. He’s not a star, far from it. If the Donks want to give him 6M a year go ahead, 2 years ago he almost lost his job to Tyronne Green if that gives you any idea how average he is….

  9. marvsleezy says: Mar 13, 2013 3:37 PM

    The Bills must be stacked at Guard in order to just let them all walk. OR NOT. I hope they know what they are doing – Cuz you know they have to draft one now.

  10. surfoside4life says: Mar 13, 2013 4:25 PM

    FYI chargers will be worse than ever

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