After losing out on the Bryant McKinnie sweepstakes, the San Diego Chargers appear set to sign another veteran left tackle.
On Wednesday, the Chargers met with former Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Max Starks. The 6-foot-8, 345 pounds Starks is yet another massive tackle the Chargers have courted this offseason to help fix the league’s worst offensive line. Starks, 31, is currently the top available left tackle on the market. However, that isn’t saying much.
Starks started 51 games at left tackle for the Steelers over the past four seasons, including all 16 games last year. He’s been an average consistent starter throughout most of his career, though last season, he struggled in both run blocking and pass blocking for much of the year. No other team, not even the Steelers, showed any interest in signing the 10-year veteran this offseason.
The good news though is that there’s no competition in signing him right now, which likely means the Bolts won’t miss out on him and that he’ll come cheap.
Starks will definitely be nothing more than a stopgap at best and may not even be much of an upgrade to King Dunlap, who’s currently penciled in as the starter. Though he’s a bit inconsistent, Dunlap isn’t as bad as most people say he is. However, after bringing in McKinnie and now Starks for visits, the team doesn’t appear confident in Dunlap as their only option.
At this point, any bodies who at least provide depth and training camp competition would be a good signing. Starks falls into that category and will improve the Chargers offensive line if the team signs him.