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Chargers part ways with tackle Kevin Haslam


The Chargers have released offensive tackle Kevin Haslam, the club said Tuesday.

Promoted from the practice squad on November 24, Haslam started three games at left tackle for San Diego down the stretch of the 2012 regular season.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Haslam played collegiately at Rutgers. The Jaguars signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2010. The Chargers added him to their practice squad in September after he was released by Oakland.

The Chargers have now let go of two of their starters at left tackle from a season ago. Previously, they parted ways with Jared Gaither. The club added ex-Eagles tackle King Dunlap in free agency and has done its due diligence on other veteran left tackles, including Max Starks and Bryant McKinnie. Starks remains unsigned, while McKinnie re-signed with Baltimore.

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13 Responses to “Chargers part ways with tackle Kevin Haslam”
  1. richmondbolt says: May 21, 2013 5:00 PM

    Kinda surprised. He wasn’t great by any means, but he could also play guard too. If I’m not mistaken.

  2. jman667 says: May 21, 2013 5:05 PM

    He definitely was part of the problem, not the solution. Need to sign a starter soon though, the King is a backup at best. Would love to see Fluker on the right side and Starks on the left.

  3. National Fanatic says: May 21, 2013 5:06 PM

    My guess: Here come Eric Winston. He will be given the opportunity to play left tackle for the first time in his carreer, for one year contract. If he succeeds, he’ll get a big payday next season in 2014.

  4. lks311 says: May 21, 2013 5:09 PM

    Former Rutgers baller? No doubt on his way to the Patriots.

  5. quickchekguy says: May 21, 2013 5:15 PM

    Beimg that he played for Rutgers, arent the Patriots required to pick him up now?

  6. steelercrazy says: May 21, 2013 5:23 PM

    Dumb move, this guy had a solid game against James Harrison last season and received the game ball. The guy’s a player. Chargers probably need to justify the Dunlap signing and would be embarrassed if Haslam beat him out.

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 21, 2013 5:32 PM

    Packers will jump on him.

  8. ambitoos says: May 21, 2013 5:34 PM

    Haslem made $555K. I think that money will be added to signing Starks.

  9. julianslick says: May 21, 2013 5:43 PM

    No way San Diego releases Haslam without something in place. Eric Winston plays right tackle so I doubt the Chargers bring him in, which probably means Max Starks is coming to town.

  10. brassknuckles47 says: May 21, 2013 5:57 PM

    I agree. this was a dumb move. Haslam can play OT and OG. When he was at LT in 3 games Rivers sacks went down. Too bad……but, in a way good for him.

  11. brassknuckles47 says: May 21, 2013 6:02 PM

    Opps! Forgot to add… this point Tom Terrific (Telesco) is a D- General Manager for the draft. He never addressed the immediate needs of the Chargers (LT and NT) in the draft. He bought the Manti Tebow circus, and never even attempted to draft a LT, although Barrett Jones and 5 other very good ones were available. Starks will be a good plug-in but not for too long.

  12. mobuccsfan says: May 21, 2013 6:59 PM

    At that salary–wouldn’t mind seeing the Buccaneers add him for depth–plus the Schiano/Rutgers connection is there—maybe? Tampa could use some OL depth IMO and should also just tell Winston to come on board for a prove-it-incentive laden contract–which would allow him to make what he is wanting and earn a bigger payday next year–either with Tampa or another team in FA. Penn got banged up last year, Joseph and Nicks both coming off serious injuries–would be nice to find a guy or two that can play either OG or OT in relief–IMO.

  13. ripseau says: May 22, 2013 12:25 PM

    Were the chargers supposed to grab the 4th best LT in the draft or draft the best RT in the draft? Funny how all 3 LTs will play rt this year too. The importance gap between rt and lt is nearly gone w the amount of athletes on d. Dj will b a great player for us and we’ll address other needs in future.
    Althouhh I agree we should have nabbed jones late in the draft. But he WAS dominated by lesser opponents occasionally

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