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Max Starks signs with Chargers

Cross Max Starks off the list of players who could potentially help the Detroit Lions at offensive tackle.

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As far as we know, the Detroit Lions never expressed any interest in signing veteran offensive tackle Max Starks. However, the Lions were mentioned by Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke as a possible landing spot for Starks. They are in need of a veteran to serve as extra depth at offensive tackle, and Starks would have been a solid fit given his starting experience.

Starks is no longer an option, though. On Tuesday, he signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Chargers. Chances are he will end up starting at left tackle for the Chargers, so it's no shock that he decided to sign with them.

The best the Lions can offer to a veteran tackle at this point is the chance to compete for a starting job at one of the tackle positions. In all reality, though, Riley Reiff will likely be the starting left tackle and Jason Fox or Corey Hilliard should start at right tackle. Even if Fox pulls off the upset by winning the starting left tackle job, Reiff would simply shift over to right tackle.

The Lions do need to address this need at some point simply so there is some insurance in case an injury happens. You don't want there to be a situation where you're scrambling for a new starter or depth behind the top three tackles if somebody gets hurt, so look for the Lions to add somebody at some point this offseason.

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