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Max Starks, San Diego Chargers strike contract

The San Diego Chargers have landed a player who likely will become their starting left tackle in 2013.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Tuesday that Max Starks told her he had a one-year contract with the Chargers. The team later announced it had signed Starks.

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Starks fills a huge need for the Chargers, who have major talent and depth issues up front. Starks stands a very good chance to displace King Dunlap as San Diego's starting left tackle. First-round draft pick D.J. Fluker will start on the opposite side of the line.

Starks, 31, spent the last five seasons protecting Ben Roethlisberger's blind side with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starks played every snap last season, but he was not re-signed as the Steelers looked to get more athletic at the position.

The Steelers wouldn't have let Starks get away if they thought his best football was still ahead of him. Nevertheless, he's a substantial upgrade for the Chargers, who should consider themselves lucky they had a competent option on the market this late in the game.

Philip Rivers' rib cage really is excited about this move.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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