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Report: Max Starks visiting Chargers

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The list of capable veteran tackles has gotten shorter in the days after the draft with Bryant McKinnie re-signing with Baltimore and Tyson Clabo joining Dallas.

Now, the Chargers are reportedly taking a look at one of the more dependable left tackles still on the market. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, San Diego hosted free-agent tackle Max Starks on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Starks started all 16 games at left tackle for Pittsburgh in 2012. However, the Steelers could be going young at the position, with Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert looking likely to be the starters if the club doesn’t add any other tackles. Also, the Steelers signed ex-Jaguars tackle Guy Whimper for depth earlier this week.

Whimper is a right tackle, the position Starks played when he entered the NFL. Over the years, though, Starks has become a serviceable left tackle, and he has helped Pittsburgh get through the last two seasons at the position.

Starks would not figure to be a long-term option for the Chargers, but he would give them a solid pro on the left side for 2013 and would add another experienced veteran to the line.

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20 Responses to “Report: Max Starks visiting Chargers”
  1. cannonballdookie says: May 8, 2013 8:05 PM

    He’s better than King Dunlap at least.

  2. hines86for6 says: May 8, 2013 8:07 PM

    I really don’t understand not bringing Max back. He knows how to block for Ben’s blind side and is familiar against all the AFCN pass rushers. He usually battles with Suggs pretty darn well. Pitched a handful of shutouts against him.

    he’s only 31 and played 16 games last year. Does the FO just feel he’s due for an injury?

  3. rajbais says: May 8, 2013 8:59 PM

    If Terron Armstead isn’t good for New Orleans the Saints should consider Starks.

  4. raiderinvader says: May 8, 2013 9:02 PM

    It figures they we try to sign a guy named Starks…because its going to take a super hero to keep Rivers off his back this season !

  5. ambitoos says: May 8, 2013 9:13 PM

    Sorry folks, we shut down the airport in San Diego. He’s not leaving untill he signs.

  6. russrpm says: May 8, 2013 9:20 PM

    Cowboys fans wanted Clabo in town, but he signed with Miami.

  7. rohlo says: May 8, 2013 9:20 PM

    chargers wont let him leave town without signing a contract..they know its the last shot to fill a gap short term at LT….LAST chance!!!

  8. bleedinblueandgold says: May 8, 2013 9:24 PM


    We need to sign this guy quick, I can’t watch another season of Phil runnin for his life the entire game.

  9. nzaz says: May 8, 2013 9:26 PM

    This signing is a must for the Chargers. Even if Dunlap is serviceable at L. tackle they have no depth behind him. I’d rather have Starks then McKinnie anyways so this would be a welcome addition.

  10. raiderapologist says: May 8, 2013 9:31 PM

    Starks would be a solid option for that dismal franchise.

  11. kends2376 says: May 8, 2013 9:32 PM

    Clabo to Dallas?? Dolphins…

  12. steel2372 says: May 8, 2013 9:35 PM

    Yeah I cannot understand why the Steelers hasn’t resigned him yet either. I personally think Gilbert and Adams could use some more seasoning. Starks meanwhile Is familiar with the pass rushers in the AFCN. He did a good job last year.

  13. csf081183 says: May 8, 2013 10:10 PM

    Clabo joined the dolphins not the cowboys buddy

  14. billymc75 says: May 8, 2013 10:24 PM

    I thought clabo signed with Miami?

  15. sportsjoker says: May 8, 2013 10:35 PM

    Clabo doesn’t play for Dallas. He plays for Miami.

  16. modellforprez says: May 8, 2013 11:25 PM

    Damn not maxwell too colbs. Been through it all man Blood sweat and purple pigeons. No but seriously isnt Mad Max thru the wasteland the only stinkie offensive lineman to stay healthy all last season like he played every snap on a already questionable line. Oh Nooo Big Bum better run run¡¡¡¡

  17. mikebyrne1502 says: May 8, 2013 11:54 PM

    Last guy we brought in signed with his original team I’m hoping Max breaks the mold and decides to live in sunny SD. I understand he’s not the best LT in the league but this guy is solid

  18. 1mommicked1 says: May 9, 2013 6:11 AM

    he covered for 2 injury-prone players. hopefully gilbert and adams will make it through the season on the field, not on the sideline.

  19. web619 says: May 9, 2013 6:28 AM

    Would be a great pick up. Funny raider fans call us dismal when they haven’t been relevant for over a decade

  20. raiderapologist says: May 9, 2013 4:15 PM

    web619 says: May 9, 2013 6:28 AM

    Would be a great pick up. Funny raider fans call us dismal when they haven’t been relevant for over a decade
    Don’t blame me. Blame humb0lt.

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