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Chargers sign OT Starks, release Haslam

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The San Diego Chargers signed veteran offensive tackle Max Starks and released Kevin Haslam.

Starks, 31, played his first nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and started all 16 games last year. He is expected to compete for the starting job on the left side with free agent acquisition King Dunlap.

The Chargers drafted D.J. Fluker in the first round, but he's expected to start at right tackle.

Left tackle has been a sore spot for the Chargers since Marcus McNeill retired due to a neck injury after the 2011 season.

Starks tweeted: "Very happy to say that I will be joining @chargers family. Can't wait to get started and building towards a championship"

Haslam spent the 2012 season with the team, playing in five games with three starts after spending the first 11 weeks on the practice squad.

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