San Diego Chargers Free Agency Watch: OT Max Starks

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Max Starks (78) in action against Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers need help on the offensive line in a bad way. We aren’t in a position to spend a ton of money on a player like Jake Long or Branden Albert, so we probably need to milk a couple of years from some veterans while adding some talent from the draft.

A veteran that could become available at a good price is Pittsburgh Steelers OT Max Starks. Starks has been on the Steelers since 2004 and has won two championships with them. He has won a championship as the starting left tackle and as the starting right tackle. One of his championships came with Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their OC. Maybe Starks will want to work with Whisenhunt once again.

Starks is not going to be a franchise left tackle, but he will be solid on the left side. He will be a big time upgrade over anything we have on the roster now.

Starks is a mountain of a man. He stands at 6-foot-8, 340 pounds. 31 years old and has a ton of experience under his belt. He is a leader and knows how to win.

The Steelers are likely going to let him walk. They have been trying to let him walk for the last few years, but he keeps finding a way back into the locker room. He was cut once and the team has drafted offensive tackles early the last two years. This could finally be the time that he skips out of town.

If the Chargers were to sign Starks, he could quickly be inserted into the starting lineup as a left tackle. If we draft a left tackle in April, we can just slide Starks over to the right side. Everyone knows that Jeromey Clary has his troubles on the right side. Starks can fill in the gap for a season or two until we bring in another tackle.

Topics: Free Agency, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Wow that guys huge, imagine signing him and he somehow he gets Gaither to snap out of his lazy funk. Starks at LT and Gaither at RT would be the most intimidating looking Tackle group ever. But Gaither is a douche and wont play for the team that pays him.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i was thinking the same dang thing… it would be a huge pair of bookends! HUGE

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        lol he makes Ware look like alittle boy in that pic.

  • kris

    not a bad idea, draft lane johnson for lt and use starks at rt.

  • surge619

    I like the way our new staff is thinking ..I really hope mike, tom, and ken can pull it off either way im just happy norv and aj are out ….go CHARGERS !!!!!!!

  • Cgoodness13

    Starks at LT and Johnson at RT sounds better….simply to build up Johnson for LT next season

  • RussinSactown

    If he’s not coming at a huge price tag, I’d say go for it. The man has been part of a winning program and that alone can pay dividends. Of course you still draft the future but he is more than capable of being the guy now if we need him.

  • Rob Base

    Is that Big Foot he’s huge !!!

  • Dom DiTolla

    If the Chargers want productive play out of a veteran Tackle, Starks would be a great pickup if he stays healthy.

    As an NPC Staff Writer and Steelers fan, I’m personally sad to see Starks all but on his way out, and I would go so far as to say that last year he enjoyed one of the better seasons of his career as a pass and run blocker in 2012.

    In fact, after the season ended, I wrote a post on why I believed that the team should try to re-up him one more time. Unfortunately, the Offense is moving to a Zone-Blocking scheme and want to use the more athletic and younger Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams at Left and Right Tackle.

    It’s tough to find Tackles with as much experience (123 Games, 96 Starts) as Starks, and ones who have played in as many big games as him either. He was largely under-appreciated in Pittsburgh, and he was their starting Right Tackle in Super Bowl XL, and starting Left Tackle in Super Bowl XLIII. Also, consider the fact that he played effectively over the last two years after being signed off the street in 2011 midway through the season, and he was signed during the Preseason in 2012 after he came off of an ACL injury and surgery only 6 months before that.

    For what it’s worth, Roethlisberger also really liked him as well, and trusted him probably more than any of his Linemen. Starks only made close to $1 million last year, so if San Diego’s brass can ink him to a deal for 2 years worth $3-5 million then it would be a solid investment if they do not believe his 2010 neck injury and ACL tear in the Divisional Playoff meltdown against Tebow will be lingering issues.

  • BossSteelerChick

    As a Steeler fan, I love Max and hope we keep him, but if not, I would love to see him playing, even if it’s in the AFC. He’s a true leader and would add more than experience to any team.

    • BossSteelerChick

      As a side note, Max was also the only offensive lineman on our injury-riddled team who didn’t miss a game last season.

  • miketuck

    I truely believe this is the way the Chargers must go to address the oline in time for Rivers ( a great leader and competiter) to take them to the gloryland. Free agency will bring in professionals that know what it takes to become a unit. They’ll know the tricks of defensive lines and LB’s and be able to teach the younger guys all they know. You can’t put together a great line with young draft picks overnight, so getting some players that can motivate and teach the fill ins will get the best results faster. Here again it’s the interview process that will tell which pieces fit the best. We sure don’t want a great -ggreat Olineman that has come here to get paid and retire.

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