Chargers next in line to talk to Bryant McKinnie

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Of all the teams with left tackle needs, the Chargers might have the most glaring one.

But they could be taking a big leap into the free agent pool, as Bryant McKinnie will visit today, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.

McKinnie visited with his hometown Dolphins yesterday, and a return to the Ravens hasn’t been ruled out.

But it’s likely no team needs him more than the Chargers, who were drafting too late for a left tackle, and chose right tackle D.J. Fluker in the first round. They signed King Dunlap in free agency, but he’s better suited to be a swing tackle than a full-time starter (or at least Philip Rivers hopes so).

The 33-year-old McKinnie has battled weight problems, but the Ravens got better when he replaced Michael Oher at left tackle before the playoffs.

7 responses to “Chargers next in line to talk to Bryant McKinnie

  1. Go ahead Chargers…

    Let us know how Jared Gaither panned out after you signed him away from us, hah! McKinnie will be no different. The guy plays for money and big macs, if you gaurantee him those he won’t play well for you.

  2. Hey to all the morons asking how that last ravens tackle worked out for then…in 2011 the chargers dominated the ravens and it was pretty much by the hands of Jared gaither and Antwan Barnes.

    You wanna talk about failed players. How did Fabian Washington turn out for the ravens?

    Just because you’re sour that you have to admit the reason the ravens turned their season around was because of this tackle who doesn’t always wanna work hard…. And NOT some revelation with the offensive coordinator or the quarterback.

    Just count your blessings that dumervil and Elam fell into your laps. Guess a team used to catching so many hail marys shouldn’t be surprised though.

  3. They still need him, even if its as a stopgap, unless Mike Harris massively improved in the offseason then make the move don’t let him walk out of chargers park without a contract.

  4. Ravens are letting him see what’s out there while keeping the door open. Unlike James Harrison, who was humiliated, shoved out the door, and then had it slammed in his face when he tried to come back. This is why we are World Champions and Steelers are the basement dwellers of the AFC North!

  5. Still a few OTs left in the FA pool (McKinnie, Clabo, and Winston, just to name three) and I wouldn’t mind my ‘Phins reeling one of them in as a stopgap if needed. Better than paying $9+ million for a good, but not quite worth that much money (not to mention a high draft pick) for a LT that would probably turn around and walk next year.

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