Future Free Agents: Offensive Tackles

The San Diego Chargers may be one of the few teams in the league who appear set at offensive tackle. With Marcus McNeill manning the left side and Shane Olivea on the right, and both locked up for the future, things would appear to be bright, right?

But what happens if Olivea has to move inside to guard? Do the Chargers take advantage of a nice crop of offensive tackles to add depth and perhaps a starter?

While that will certainly play out soon, the team currently has Cory Lekkerkerker as the backup to right tackle and Roman Oben the backup on the left side. It could be a spot they look to upgrade their talent base at.

Luckily, there are numerous options to be had:

Leonard Davis, Arizona Cardinals – The six-year starter is slated to become an unrestricted free agent, and the franchise tag would be a tough one for the Cardinals to swallow at $9.56 million, meaning he could hit the open market if a long-term deal isn't worked out before March 2.

Max Starks, Pittsburgh Steelers (restricted) – Starks became a full-time starter in his second season and held down the role last year as well. He'd be a nice addition to any team, but given that he's restricted, he could be tough to pull away from the Steelers and isn't what San Diego is looking for.

Sean Locklear, Seattle Seahawks (restricted) – Like Starks, Locklear is restricted and became a starter in his second season with the Seahawks. He isn't quite as heavy as Starks, but he would receive interest from other teams if the Seahawks don't tender him enough.

Tony Pashos, Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens would love to re-sign Pashos, but he could receive a lucrative offer too heavy for the cap-strapped Ravens to afford. Pashos is entering his first year as an unrestricted free agent, but he only became a full-time starter in 2006.

Mark Colombo, Dallas Cowboys – The 6-8, 320-pound Colombo has been in the league five years, the first three with the Bears, and, like Pashos, didn't become a starter until last season.

OTHER FREE-AGENT TACKLES

Stacy Andrews, Cincinnati Bengals (restricted)
Brad Bedell, Houston Texans
Jacob Bell, Tennessee Titans (restricted)
Jordan Black, Kansas City Chiefs
Jeremy Bridges, Carolina Panthers
Kelly Butler, Cleveland Browns (restricted)
Anthony Clement, New York Jets
Nat Dorsey, Cleveland Browns (restricted)
Todd Fordham, Carolina Panthers
Mike Gandy, Buffalo Bills
Adam Goldberg, St. Louis Rams (restricted)
Cornell Green, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Leander Jordan, San Diego Chargers
Damion McIntosh, Miami Dolphins
Jim Molinaro, Washington Redskins (restricted)
Blaine Saipaia, Detroit Lions (restricted)
Ephraim Salaam, Houston Texans
Kevin Sampson, Kansas City Chiefs (restricted)
Chad Slaughter, Oakland Raiders
Todd Steussie, St. Louis Rams
Jon Stinchcomb, New Orleans Saints
Todd Wade, Washington Redskins
Langston Walker, Oakland Raiders
Tyson Walter, Washington Redskins


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