Interior defensive linemen – Orange County Register

Brandon Mebane acknowledges it’s getting tougher.

“I’m 32,” the Chargers’ defensive tackle said earlier this month. “It’s my 11th year. I’m just trying to maintain. You get older, you lose it. Trying to keep my beach body, everything right.”

That’s not to say that Mebane has lost it all. The veteran defensive lineman is now reunited with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley — who also coached him in Seattle — and said he’s fully healthy again after tearing his biceps last November. Even after a decade in the NFL, Mebane still looks like an effective cog in the middle of the Chargers’ defense.

But for how much longer? Mebane is under contract only through 2018, and fellow starting defensive tackle Corey Liuget has been average at best. Although the Chargers could go in a few different directions through the first two days of the NFL draft, targeting the defensive front wouldn’t be the worst idea.

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