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A few of the many who will hold out

Posted on: July 24, 2010 12:39 pm
How about some holdout news (though I’m sure we’ll get a ton of it in the next few weeks to follow)?

Don’t expect to see Chargers LT Marcus McNeil and WR Vincent Jackson anytime soon. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee , both players are committed to seeing their holdouts all the way through. Neither apparently has spoken with San Diego’s front office since the middle of last month.

Though this news has gone under the radar – especially as it relates to McNeil and Jackson – LB Shawne Merriman also isn’t happy with his contract situation and might not show up on time.

From the story:

Having stayed away from Chargers Park most of the offseason and having not participated in minicamp or coaching sessions, Merriman has declined to comment on when he will report. However, sources confirmed the sides are in the preliminary stages of discussing the circumstances and timing of Merriman signing his $3.269-million tender and reporting to camp.

Still, it must be pointed out there has been talk about one or all three players sitting out the entire season.

Everyone has debated for months and will continue for months to argue the merits of each side doing what it is doing.

The bottom line: The team has several players whose contracts are up in 2010, and it has prioritized how it will work down the list. (Everyone needs to get in line behind Antonio Gates.) Add an uncertain labor climate, and the Chargers are not doing long-term deals at present.

Also, GM A.J. Smith doesn’t plan to reinstate money he trimmed from Jackson’s and McNeill’s tenders when they did not sign by June 15.

Anyway, check out the rest of the story. Acee has some interesting scenarios that could play out in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, in Eagles news, reports first-round pick defensive end Brandon Graham probably won’t be in attendance when Philadelphia opens training camp Monday. Apparently, early conversations have begun between Graham and the Eagles, but it sounds like the two sides aren’t close to an agreement.

--Josh Katzowitz

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