November 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) is injured in the second half of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium. The Bengals won 28-6. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agent Left Tackle Options For The San Diego Chargers


If Tom Telesco wants to fix that offensive line, the San Diego Chargers need to bring in one of these free agents at either the left guard or the left tackle position. I can’t see the team starting two rookies on the left side of the offensive line. It just doesn’t seem like a smart idea to have that much inexperience on the left side.

It seeems more likely to get a top flight guard in the draft than getting a top flight left tackle at pick 11. The top 3 left tackles in the draft could easily be taken before are number is called.

So the focus in free agency could be to get a left tackle. We already have a ton of money going to waste on Jared Gaither (whether he is on the roster or not). We might have to throw even more money at the position.

Here are some possibilities in free agency at left tackle for the San Diego Chargers.

Jake Long
Long likely will not be returning to the Miami Dolphins after the season, but he is looking for big time money. His play last season doesn’t warrant a big contract, but history shows that he can be one of the best in the game. I don’t think the team will go in this direction.

Branden Albert
With the Chiefs trading for Alex Smith, drafting a left tackle first overall could be the next domino to fall. That leaves Albert in the dust and looking for a new squad. Albert has had some injury issues that need to get cleared, but he could be a solid option on the left side.

King Dunlap
Dunlap came out of Auburn where he took over the starting job from Marcus McNeill. Could he follow in McNeill’s tracks again? He is not the sexiest prospect to fill the hole at left tackle, but he would do a solid job.

Which one of the guys would you like the San Diego Chargers to bring over?

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  • RussinSactown

    Long if we want to open the check book. Dunlap if we don’t. I think we should have learned our lesson with Big Lazy about taking broken down Chief players.

  • Preston Niedert

    Brandon Albert would be the better choice of the LT given.Jake long come downs on his asking price but I doubt that will happen.

  • Preston Niedert

    I would rather the chargers sign a chief player that only allowed one sack in 2012 vs king Dunlap who I’m sure played on a eagle oline that’s was as bad as ours

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    Are these are only choices? Finding a good tackle is harder than finding a four leaf clover!

  • Rob Base

    What if the Saints don’t sign Bushrod you think he’d be a good fit?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I would take him… Anything is better than what we have

    • Preston Niedert

      Bushrod only knock is drew brees could move around in the pocket. Philip rivers dosnt move around a lot. So explore every option befor signing bushrod.

  • miketuck

    With Jake Long it’s why are you coming here? If your coming here to win, then there are 52 other players that are here for that too. So if he wants to get paid because his ego says he’s the best, then pass. He’s no better than the guys he’s playing with. He might have better talent, but 5 looking to cover for eac other is better than paying for one that is after his best interest. The Chargers need to find 5 hungary big men that all want to hold the Lombardi trophy. This is why 4 year college players that took college seriously know that they’ll excell outside the game. Guys who don’t have the smarts to live outside the game should be aliminated in the interview process. This is also where Rivers could renegotiate his contract, knowing that the guys that management are getting will lead him to his best potential, and thus be a winner. I hope Telesco has it in mind to build the smartest team in football history. Players who were students of the game and continue to be, still have the want to learn and conform to the style their coaches think will work best for alkl at their position. Players with degrees and a football background can learn to be a unit of one. Their best years are after football. The musclebound, prison types, are only interested in their own survival.