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Bryant McKinnie Will Be Visiting Chargers On Tuesday

Bryant McKinnie is coming to town on Tuesday to meet the team to explore the possibilities of becoming the Chargers new starting left tackle. Tom Telesco better not let him leave town without a signed contract. The options for a left tackle are running thin in free agency. McKinnie is the best one available and if the team is committed to building up that offensive line for Philip Rivers, McKinnie will be the starting left tackle next season.

If the Chargers are unable to lock in McKinnie, we may see King Dunlap starting on the left side on Sundays. Another tackle that is available is former Pittsburgh Steeler Max Starks, but I don’t know how much better Starks would be over Dunlap. Starks has the experience and championships to back him up, but he also is getting up there in years. Dunlap may have his skeptics, but he has shown that he can be a good pass blocker. We would just have to run the ball on the right side.

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  • J.C. Ortiz

    Yes please!

  • tubbs45

    Make it happen Captain TT! We need him for a year or 2! I would really have much more confidence in the O Line if he is added. Pretty please with friggin sugar on top!

    • Pels04

      I know right! Friggin A

  • Pels04

    Rivers needs to pull the crazy girlfriend card. “If you love me you’ll do it”. TT if you love Rivers you won’t let McKinnie leave without a contract! Please!!! Rivers life depends on it…..

    • tubbs45

      Save a life damn it, sign McKinnie!

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        Save a horse, ride a cowboy?

  • Craig

    TT, make sure Bryant has a signed San Diego contract before he leaves today.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Don’t let him leave town, Tom.
    Wonder what his contract is going to look like. Any ideas?

  • Rahul

    I hope TT does not throw away money at him in desperation as was done with Gaither by AJ. Atleast his contract should make him earn the money. Chargers have burned themselves once in desperation before…

    • RussinSactown

      As long as they build in performance clauses and get the guaranteed money as low as they can, we should be good there. Not to low ball him but make sure we don’t by him a Rolls Royce to not play games.

      • rahul

        Exactly..He definitely deserves what he has earned but let’s not give it on a silver platter..Let him earn it the right way..From what i have been reading, he has tendencies similar to Gaither…

        Keep the base low and let his bonus grow exponentially with his performance..

  • Cgoodness13

    Starks was the only decent lineman on that team, he’s pretty Mutch the LT equivalent of Hardwick

  • RussinSactown

    He went from visiting next week to today. This is a positive sign.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    Just a reminder on why we need to get McKinnie signed. A Philly sports analyst take on King Dunlap.


  • Boltzfan

    Who is left after McKinnie and Starks? If we’re stuck with Dunlap, is that an upgrade over last season? Scary questions…I know!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Easily an upgrade over last season… Last season was bad

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

    As much as our o-line is a mess, and we need McKinnie or Starks.. we are going to have to grab our ankles, and lube up for this one.
    I haven’t looked lately. Does anyone know how much cap money we have left? I am so friggin’ heated at AJ for ever letting it come to this!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Hard to tell as to the cap space. All the rookie deals are not finalized.

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

        That’s what I was wondering. Maybe they want to wine & dine McKinnie first. Then negotiate those contracts? I’m guessing, of course.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I’d give him whatever he wants, even if you have to cut Clary and Royal and whoever else on the spot to do it. We don’t need either of them and they could pay his contract.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Royal seems to be an easy cut right now.. All the receivers on the roster and he somehow still has a job

  • Sergio Quintero

    Reports from NFL Total Access Ian’s Rapaport that a meeting between McKinnie’s agent and chargers went very well and a contract is very much a possibility.