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Potential offensive tackle options for the Los Angeles Chargers

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Terrell Suggs #56 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the passer against Trent Scott #78 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Terrell Suggs #56 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the passer against Trent Scott #78 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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LANDOVER, MD – SEPTEMBER 10: Offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai #72 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass block on outside linebacker Preston Smith #94 of the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 10, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD – SEPTEMBER 10: Offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai #72 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass block on outside linebacker Preston Smith #94 of the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 10, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Matt Kalil – Texans

While Kalil was just handed a $7.5 million 1-year contract by the Texans, he is not a lock to make the roster. Only $2.25 million of that contract is guaranteed, and the Texans have two rookie tackles that could fill his role if they impress.

If he becomes available, Kalil would be a great get for the Chargers. While he does have an injury history, Kalil has been a starter for most of his career and would certainly have a high chance of becoming one with the Bolts.

Furthermore, Kalil has a large amount of experience working as a left tackle. Blindside protectors are hard to find, and the possibility of obtaining Kalil could cause Telesco to wait to pick up a tackle.

Cordy Glenn – Bengals

Although his release became much less likely after the injury to the Bengals’ first pick, Jonah Williams, Glenn could still be cut since a massive $7.25 million dollars would become available with his release.

Glenn is more effective as a pass blocker than as a run blocker, but he has shown the ability to do both in the past. Since it should be the Chargers’ main priority to protect Philip Rivers from injury, Glenn would be a good option.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai – Eagles

Of the players listed here, Vaitai is the most likely to become available due to the depth that the Philadelphia Eagles have at the position.

While Vaitai filled in for an injured Jason Peters last season, there is not a clear place for him on the roster this year. Along with Peters, the Eagles have starter Lane Johnson, first-round rookie Andre Dillard, and tantalizing prospect Jordan Mailata (who could also become available).

With no need to carry four tackles, the Eagles could decide to let this valuable swing tackle loose. With experience playing both tackle positions, Vaitai would provide great competition for either the left or right tackle spots.

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