After another disappointing season with a lot of the blame shouldered on the offensive line, the San Diego Chargers are looking to drastically upgrade their quarterback protection before the 2013 NFL season begins, hoping that Bryant McKinnie eventually signs for them, becoming their starting left tackle.
Their negotiations and visit with McKinnie have been going on for quite a while, but the Chargers decided to wait till after the draft. After selecting D. J. Fluker, a right tackle, as the 11th overall pick, the Chargers are a bit closer to making sure Philip Rivers has a much better unit in front of him, hoping it’s enough to take them out of their recent playoff drought.
McKinnie has played for the Baltimore Ravens over the last couple of seasons, is wanted by his previous team, looking to re-sign him, but McKinnie is looking more and more like someone who is on a mission to find another team. The Miami Dolphins are another franchise in need of a starting left tackle, but according to rumors around the league, they have no interest in McKinnie right now.
McKinnie started in all 16 games back in 2011, but after Michael Oher moves to left tackle and Kelechi Osemele took over the right tackle position, McKinnie was used to plug holes and give players a little bit of rest, despite being of starting quality on most teams in the league.
The Chargers have also looked at Max Starks, but in the early days in the post-NFL draft reality, it seems that getting the chains moving and signing your number one target, which has been McKinnie all along, seems to be of the highest priority to the folks in San Diego.