Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie (78) defends against New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (50) in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. The Ravens defeated the Patriots 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Have Made Preliminary Inquiry on Bryant McKinnie

The San Diego Chargers made a preliminary inquiry on Baltimore Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie, per Aaron Wilson. The Chargers are possibly looking for options on left tackles if they do not get their man on draft day. If Lane Johnson, Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel are all wearing different colors next season, then the Chargers will have to fill that hole.

Or Maybe the Chargers already have an agreement in place with Mckinnie, but don’t want to show their hand in the draft too early. Now that would be the way to play things! Could you imagine if the Chargers already have this left tackle ready to roll and all other teams think that we are hoping for a left tackle to fall to us? Other teams would be trading up to try and get a left tackle and we can have a player fall right in our laps.

Anyway, McKinnie has the same issues as Jared Gaither. We might as well have kept Jared Gaither around! He has had issues with injuries and his teammates have questioned his motivation. Why would we want that again? Maybe because it wouldn’t cost us the moon in order for him to sit on the sideline.

The option of McKinnie is there if we need it. He can play left tackle next to Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper and we can pick up Eric Winston to play right tackle. King Dunlap would be the insurance policy. The offensive line wouldn’t look so dim if that were the case.

…still waiting to see something happen though.

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  • tubbs45

    The Draft plot thickens…( insert mystery music here)

  • tubbs45

    I must say I would be a little gun shy to hit up another ravens LT, but hell it is nice to have options… might we be saying bye to clary?

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I just saw this on trade rumors, I wouldn’t be against it. He’s not exactly Gaither either, comparable yes but he doesn’t take entire seasons off lol. Man I hate gaither.

    Maybe sign him up post draft and still draft Armstead in the 2nd and let them duke it out for the starting job or hell rotate them in and out. Then after a year we would know what kinda player Armstead is, I kinda like this as long as we still draft a LT at some point.

    • tubbs45

      I f’in hate gaither too… grrrr.. Not sure if we’ll be able to get Armstead in the second unless we move up, but seriously there are plenty of OT with potential in this draft. I do like the Armstead on tape, dude throws fools around, granted he played smaller programs…

  • tubbs45
    • Chargers24

      thats a post from last year. he is still a free agent

      • tubbs45

        That’s why I said “… I saw a link to this one from last year”

  • Cgoodness13

    Omg the dude weighs 350 holy crap. The dude literally has 200 pounds on me 0_o

    • boltingindiego

      yah man this dude is a 6-8 behemoth of a person.

      • Cgoodness13

        I’m down to trade a 3rd pick for him lol, doesn’t have to try, just stand up and lean forward lol

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          He’s a FA duder, you can just sign him. No way he’s worth a 3rd rounder.

          • Cgoodness13

            He a free agent? Didn’t know….alright let’s sign him

  • tbell11

    He was a big reason why the Ravens won the Super Bowl because he moved to LT and Flacco trusted him to protect his blindside. Wouldn’t mind giving him a 2 year deal so that way the Chargers can take the best pass rusher available at 11 if all three tackles are gone. I’m really liking Mingo, at first I was skeptical but now I wouldn’t mind him opposite of Ingram for years to come.

    • Cgoodness13

      Agree, except we take a guard or a CB. No need to address a future problem when we have huge ones right now. Plus I believe English could be a starter. Remember norv hardly ever played young players, and was aperntly “complacent”

  • Preston Niedert

    Sign Mckinnie to a year one year deal. I think they might sign him as a plan b. if the OT are off the board.

    • boltingindiego

      get a lt later in the draft and groom him for a year with either mckinnie or starks as a 1 year stop gap .

      • Preston Niedert

        I agree the chargers at least the chargers are exploring all options first

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edward-Moretti/100002785058214 Edward Moretti

          Also agree. If we don’t get one of the top 3 tackles we need a stop gap to groom an Armstead, Quisenberry or Long for a year. Oh, and BTW, there will never be another Jared Gaither.

  • thegorn

    Mt McKinnie? Ugh! Telesco’s decisions worry me more and more.

    • Pels04

      He hasnt signed him yet and if you can get him for dirt cheap why not try?

      • thegorn

        McKinnie’s just a big tease. He’s going to chew up a roster spot, eat up cap room, and play well against crummy teams and turn invisible when it counts. BTW, I don’t think he’ll be coming for peanuts. Telesco needs to say, “No thank you.”

  • Rob Base

    I don’t know man that signing is questionable maybe 1 yr deal. Fear of absolute LT signing bust I guess.

  • joerockt

    This might be a good call. Nothing wrong with having this guy as insurance. If we get our guy in the draft, great. If not, we have a guy who is capable already.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Here’s me not getting excited.. take a picture.

  • RussinSactown

    Sign him for a year. He might have the same problems Gaither has but a one year rental while we groom Armstead or Johnson is acceptable. And who knows? Mckinnie might come in all pissed with something to prove.