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Could Nick Barnett end up a Charger?

If the San Diego Chargers search for a staring inside linebacker this summer, keep this name in mind: Nick Barnett.

I think the Chargers could show interest in the Green Bay linebacker if he becomes available. There has been chatter around the league that the Packers could either trade or release Barnett. He went on the injured reserve last season with a wrist injury after four games.

Healthy, though, Barnett can still help a team even though he is 30.

I think the Chargers could come into play for the Southern California native if the Packers, indeed, part ways and if the Chargers lose multiple inside linebackers in free agency. Stephen Cooper, Kevin Burnett and Brandon Siler are all free agents. Burnett is the best bet to return. If Cooper and Siler depart, the Chargers – who took Michigan’s Jonas Mouton in the second round – might be served well in adding a veteran.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. said he thinks a potential Barnett-Chargers’ pairing is intriguing.

“He wouldn't be a bad fit at all,” Williamson said. “He’s a very solid football player. He’s experienced in the 3-4 on the outside. I still think he has plenty left in the tank. San Diego’s inside linebacker situation is in such a state of flux, it is hard to predict who he would be playing next to on the inside, but I see him more as a weakside inside linebacker that system.”

Again, we’re dot connecting at this point. But if Barnett joins the open market, the Chargers will likely be on the list of potential suitors for him.