Big Lazy 2.0 In San Diego 2013?

Oct 2, 2011; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie (78) prior to the game against the New York Jets at M

Well, the NFL draft 2013 is in the books. The Chargers upgraded the right tackle position by selecting D.J. Fluker from Alabama in the first round of the draft; with their second round pick they grabbed Notre Dame´s star linebacker Manti Te´o. With the next two picks they brought in wide receiver Kennan Allen and defensive back Steve Williams. Furthermore, they added depth at outside linebacker (Tourek Williams) and quarterback (Brad Sorenson). But they did not address the position the Chargers are in biggest need of an upgrade: the left tackle spot.

The top three offensive tackle prospects already were off the board after the Philadelphia Eagles snagged away Lane Johnson at No. 4. And with only six draft picks and countless holes in the roster, General Manager Tom Telesco wasn´t able to bring in a guy for the left side of the offensive line. So the question now is, how can we make sure, Philip Rivers´ blind side will be better protected than it was last year?

That´s when the name Bryant McKinnie comes in.

McKinnie, 33 (turns 34 in September), gets linked to the Chargers since weeks and yesterday he had a meeting with the new Chargers´ brass here in San Diego. The former seventh overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft is a member of this year´s Super Bowl winning squad from the Baltimore Ravens. He backed up starting left tackle Michael Oher in all 16 regular games last year, but was inserted into the starting lineup for the postseason after the line struggled down the stretch. He had a stellar postseason and protected Joe Flacco´s blind side very well in all four playoff games.

But I guess it´s fair to question if Bryant McKinnie is the right fit for San Diego.

Being a starter for most of his career, McKinnie got benched in 2012 after showing up to training camp out of shape due to some excess weight. He had some injury issues over the last years and his teammates already began to question his motivation. Ugh! This sounds awfully familiar, doesn´t it? We just got rid of Big Lazy Jared Gaither weeks ago, and now we´re trying to replace him with a guy who obviously has a hard time to stay disciplined and in shape?

Alright, maybe I´m overdoing this. The 33-year old veteran surely isn´t committed to the same level of slothfulness as the former Chargers´ bench warmer who wore the #78 jersey. But players don´t start questioning a teammates´ motivation for no reason. In his two seasons in Baltimore he has been trapped in Harbaugh’s doghouse a couple of times for a poor work ethic and an inability to keep his weight down. Unfortunately, he was cut by the Minnesota Vikings in 2011 for the same reasons. But McKinnie made it clear that he wants to play at least another year, but only if he is guaranteed the opportunity to compete for a starting spot:

“I definitely want a starting job,” the 6´8” giant said. “I want it to be fair for somebody to beat me out of my position instead of saying you want to try something new. Give me the opportunity to actually be fair and let somebody beat me out for the position.”

Well, there´s not much competition in San Diego at left tackle (King Dunlap, Mike Harris), he definitely could be in pole position right from the start.

Another issue is that he´s coming off a Championship season. So he already had problems finding his commitment to this ball game before he won the coveted trophy; now that he is a world champion, will it be easier for him to find his motivation? And I´m afraid money will be an issue too. He was a $4.2 million cap hit for the Ravens last year. With a Super Bowl ring on his finger, I´m not too sure he´ll come in cheap. But if he does, then he would be a nice solution for the left tackle spot on the offensive line for the 2013 season. We surely would have to try to fix that spot in 2014 by using a high draft pick on a great left tackle prospect.

So, I have my doubts about this big man. But if the price is right, then get him in! We´re pretty desperate for an upgrade at that position on the left side of the offensive line.

What are your thoughts Bolt Family?

Thank you for reading.

BoltnRoll!

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • Guest

    Cant disagree with the analysis. you share my same concerns, but once again we are in the same spot of need. Tough to negotiate with your back in the corner and miami making it rain with almost every free agent we look at!

  • tubbs45

    Cant disagree with the analysis. you share my same concerns, but once again we are in the same spot of need. Tough to negotiate with your back in the corner and miami making it rain with almost every free agent we look at!

    Makin’ it rain in miami!!!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i love the pic! so good

    • MC Boltman

      Yeah…we´re in need of an upgrade there. We´ll have to take the risk. Thanx for ur comment!

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

      Why do I want to smoke a blunt right now?

      • tubbs45

        The picture make Cromartie want to chuck champagne bottles

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    For one we need to just plain stop making comparisons to him and Gaither, Gaither never did anything but have 5 solid games…Thats it. Mckinnie when he was younger didn’t miss hardly any games at all his entire career. He’s a huge dude so he probably gains weight every day, just needs a good strength coach to keep riding him. His team mates loved him (no comparison there at all to Gaither) when he cut his weight down he started over Oher and won a super bowl. We all gotta get over Gaither, we are like a bunch of battered woman who can’t trust men anymore lol Let’s trust this guy, he’s only a stop gap for a year or 2 so lets not worry to much about it, he’s 100 times better then what we have now. I for one embrace him with open arms and wish him the best!

    • tubbs45

      I hear what your saying and agree to a degree. He is much different from G*%&$@, but the comparisons are inevitable. I trust in TT and the Real McCoy. They sign him I’ll buy in completely….

    • tubbs45

      McKinnie Crunch anyone?

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Crush? He’s not a candy bar lol

        • tubbs45

          Soft on the outside, but Tough as nails,

          • shayaaa

            Seems like this picture should be the other way around. Teddy bear on the inside?

          • tubbs45

            Agreed! but it is hard to find a pic of the reverse!

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

            lmao!

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

      Good point, Mr. B. I had a few concerns after reading stuff on NFL.com about the guy. But no, he is not Gaither. TT is smart and pretty stinking shrewd. Hopefully TT protects himself and the Chargers and sets it up right. He’s worked too hard so far to have a boondoggle.
      I want McKinnie to play well so badly because this would sure help out Rivers. We’re all a little gun shy to anything negative out there, because of Gaither. All of us wanted Gaither to succeed. It about killed me when he did not. Please, McKinnie, don’t fail us.

    • MC Boltman

      Lol, love the comparism with the battered woman. But yes I agree – he definitely isn´t a guy like Gaither. He definitely is an upgrade to what we have now; and I do welcome him with open arms…hope he won´t demand too much money…but whatever get him in!

  • jason

    I’ll never understand why we didn’t make a move for Winston or Clabo. We could have gotten Winston for under 4 million for sure and likely with only a one year commitment. I like Fluker, but he was a little bit of a reach at 11, but now that we got him, the running game should improve. Fluker is a mauler.

    • MC Boltman

      Yeah as I mentioned in my Fluker article yesterday, I thought it was a reach, but I´m fine with it now. Let´s make that move with McKinnie. (but of course would´ve loved too see Winston in a Chargers uniform too).

  • RussinSactown

    OK, let’s get something straight. Gaither is The Big Lazy. Only him. McKinnie is 33 and was replaced by someone seven years younger. Not every backup is there because they are lazy. Sometimes it’s because the new kid has more gas in the tank. Now is he the permanent guy for the next decade? No. He’s 33. But can he give you solid starts? Of course he can and he can teach some of the young bucks (Fluker, Harris, other UDFAs in camp) something. And let’s not forget the Super Bowl Ring. You want to give a team a goal, have them all say “I’ve got to get me one of those!”

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      100% agree with you in every way brotha

    • MC Boltman

      Yes, I agree Gaither is the “real” Big Lazy. And you made a good point with that age argument…get him in!

    • Gunnar Martin

      Feewww now I don’t have to post a big long comment haha. Thanks

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    the man does like to party though… PB watch out… actually, dude will be in the gaslamp all dang day… Stingaree better open them doors wide open to let him in

    • tubbs45

      Clubin with Rihanna will be good for the downtown biz!

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        see… he will help the city out!

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

        I can see the headline now… “San Diego hosts Superbowl.. McKinnie goes missing in TJ”.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          on a boat cruise

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

      Do you think TT took McKinnie down to one of the clubs? lol

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        he should have… showed him all the ladies… but that is if Telesco wants him to be here

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

          Looks like TT is trying to me.

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

      Stingaree is the weakest club I’ve ever been to! So whack!!! The people, and the staff there are L-A-M-E. We got a VIP booth last year, and they told us $400 dollars… then tried to hand us a bill for over $900 dollars… I told the guy “Not sure who you think you’re playin with, son… but, here’s $400 dollars exactly… no tip”. They kept my homies credit card & DL, but he cancelled it, and got a new DL. Visa never did pay them, without a signature. LMAO!!!

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        snap!!!! that is the way to party

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

    The fact that TT is out there hanging and dining with McKinnie–gives me confidence in TT that he is doing the best he can, working with what he has, to make it right by Rivers.

    • MC Boltman

      I really trust Telesco too…got little concerns, but after all I´d love to see that big guy on the left side of our O-Line. Thx!

  • http://www.facebook.com/twerkin.away Nick Judge

    Dont want him

    • RussinSactown

      OK, then who out there do you want?

      • boltingindiego

        i would say the only other option is starks.

  • davacho

    i’m worried that after winning the SB, mckinnie is just collecting a paycheck… time will tell.

  • JoseSD

    I don’t think the guy in the picture is Bryant Mckinnie, I may be mistaken but I think that is former San Diego Charger , defensive tackle Brandon McKinney. I see how you made the mistake with very similar names though I think McKinney is no longer with the Ravens either

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

      You are right. That is not Bryant McKinnie.

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

    I would be pissed if we signed him, and he turned into big lazy.. but, I don’t see TT pulling the trigger on a guy like that, after seeing what AJ went through. I suspect we would be seeing Starks in here right now if TT thought he lacked committment. Especially since McKinnie was already in talks with us before coming to SD. Then they talked about a contract all day.. went to dinner.. and now he is getting a physical. So…

    A) TT must like McKinnie over Starks for some reason… B) he must have seen something that made him think his conduct in the past is not an issue now… or C) McKinnie is FAR more affordable than we think. I mean.. he did leave Miami without a contract. If they really wanted him badly, they wouldn’t have let him come here. Maybe there isn’t as big of a bidding war as we think. After all, he is still on the FA table in May. Miami could have low-balled him. Plus, we have Rivers… they have Tannehill. We probably have a better chance of winning, if you go by years past.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    heard whisper that the Ravens are not going to let them walk… we will see though, just keeping you all informed on what i am hearing.

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

      Who? McKinnie?

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        yea… mckinnie… meant him.

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

          WEAK!

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

      I have been reading that also, Ernie. Somewhere I read is he actually wants to stay with the Ravens. I don’t know.

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

      If that happens, I would mail a bill to Ozzie for the dinner, the hotel room, and the plane ticket… and I would spit a lugey in it too, while I was at it.

    • RussinSactown

      Too late for having to match a tender offer. If he signs somewhere that’s it.

  • OPBolt

    The options at this point are not attractive. I would hope for an incentive/performance heavy contract, probably for two years. If we can improve on the 15 or so sacks from this position, it is a win. I would also expect to see regular platooning with Dunlap (or whoever) to help both last the season. Start looking for the 2014 draft.

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    Chargers have made an offer to Bryant McKinnie, source says. Negotiations are ongoing— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 1, 2013

    Well, there we go then.

  • DougM

    Dolphins have EWinston, TClabo, and WJustice in for visits today. Sure would like to take a look at Clabo before signing McKinnie. Bryant does scare me a little bit, commitment-wise. Clabo has started every game for the Falcons for the last 5 years. He’s slightly younger and didn’t just win a title. Not saying McKinnie can’t get fired up, but one of the big reasons that it’s hard to repeat as champions is that the fire burns out a bit.

    • JoseSD

      Those guys are all right tackles

      • DougM

        Stupid me. That would be a problem! I know WJustice played LT in college, but he’s not at the same level as McKinnie. Thanks Jose.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          I thought justice played left tackle for the colts last season

          • JoseSD

            Maybe? But didn’t they have Anthony Castonzo play LT

          • boltingindiego

            castanzo played/ started 15 games at lt last year so maybe justice played 1?

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            yes… so i was 1/16th right on that… haha

          • boltingindiego

            lol

  • Donandres

    I would say go for it. I wouldn’t trust Dunlap, and certainly not Harris. Let
    S get McKinnie in. I would hate to we rivers “run/limb” for his life next season.

  • JA Keith

    Sign him for 2 years, draft a LT next year and hope the drafted player beats out McKinnie next year or can be mentored by him. With even a mediocre left tackle this season are o-line will be significantly improved. Go Bolts!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      We have king Dunlap and the line is already better… Sad but true

  • King Dunlap

    He signed with the Ravens so we’re back to square one.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      you are square one

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