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Wednesday April 10th, 2013

The Chargers are reportedly inquiring about free agent offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie. (Getty Images) The Chargers are reportedly inquiring about free agent offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie. (Getty Images)

The San Diego Chargers are in dire need of a starting offensive tackle, whether they go the veteran route  in free agency or end up drafting one in the NFL Draft in two weeks.

The Chargers have reached out to representatives of former Baltimore Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie, reports U-T San Diego.

McKinnie was a key part of the Ravens winning the Super Bowl, starting all four playoff games. He was mostly a backup during the regular season.

McKinnie, 33, has reportedly battled weight issues in recent years and is training this offseason in Miami.

From U-T San Diego:

No deal is imminent. No visit to San Diego is planned.

Pursuit of McKinnie, who turns 34 in September, could turn more heated should the team not find a starting left tackle during the April 25-27 draft. The 6-foot-8, 354-pound veteran has started 147 of 164 career games, spending the first nine seasons of his career in Minnesota before two in Baltimore.

San Diego has already signed one left tackle, King Dunlap, in free agency. The 6-foot-9 veteran is versatile, able to play at either tackle spot and shift inside to guard, projecting as a top option off the bench.

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