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Tra Thomas retires

Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:00 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

Marcus McNeill just got some leverage. Veteran left tackle Tra Thomas has decided to retire. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune broke the story. The Chargers brought Thomas in as a camp body to fill the place of McNeill, who is holding out.

As things stand right now, the Chargers are counting on Brandon Dombrowski at left tackle. Undrafted rookie Brady Bond is now the top backup tackle. Don’t be surprised if San Diego brings in a free agent.

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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:39 pm
 

Tra Thomas retires

Do any Charger fans know why Aj is doing this? Does he personally not like Marcus McNeill? Rivers will be injured within 2 games without McNeill. Better get this done Aj
Actually, the Chicago Bears attempted to exploit the weakness by attacking that side with Julius Peppers and various blitzing LBs, and the LT spot played by Brandyn Dumbrowski and the actual top back-up LT of Tyronne Green did not give up a sack.

Philip Rivers reads defenses and gets the ball out quickly. Tonight will be a better measure of the position for sure, as Wade Phillips can dial up the exotic blitz as good as anyone.....

But for now, the position looks solid.

The reason isn't logical.  And it's not personal.  It's more philoisophical. He actually wants to sign McNeill long term, but not while he's holding out.  The Chargers will adjust protection packages to accomodate him.  Check out the Chargers message boards.  Everybody's been talking about it ad naseum.
It is absolutely logical. No player is above the team, the way it should be. That and he wants elite tackle money, and has not played consistantly enough to be considered elite.

A.J. Smith has always been more concerned about his ego than winning championships.
Nope, you don't build a franchise that is the third best winner over the last 6 years with ego. You just aren't very knowledgable gambitto, and the stuff you spew about the Chargers shows it.

AJ Smith has his way of doing football deals. It's his way, or no way. Some like it, some don't. But look at Gates. He had his issues with AJ, then got with the program. Now look where he is, the highest paid tight end. Marcus and VJax should get with the program.
Spot on. First accurate post on this thread. Kudos.

I both agree and disagree with Andy Benoit on this article.

The retirement of Tra Thomas on the surface would appear to give Marcus McNeill more leverage in his holdout, but I really don't think it gives him too much more. The owners across the league have made it abundantly clear that there really is no sense of urgency in trying to work out long-term contracts with their star players (see: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Darrelle Revis) with the collective bargaining agreement set to expire at the end of this season.

As Andy correctly pointed out in his article the Chargers will sign free agents, and veteran guys sitting at home waiting for a phone call to come work out for the team before they cave into any kind of holdout.

This too is a good post. Good job.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:29 pm
 

Tra Thomas retires

Actually... the guy sitting "right behind Dombrowski" is a guy named Tyronne Green.  A player the Chargers think will be very good with one more year of experience.  I believe THAT is actually why AJ is not signing McNiel to a long-term contract yet.  If AJ really wanted to sign McNiel long-term, it would have been done shortly after the Gates signing.  Tra Thomas would have been a 3rd string tackle.  There is no leverage gained at all.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:44 pm
 

Tra Thomas retires

I both agree and disagree with Andy Benoit on this article.

The retirement of Tra Thomas on the surface would appear to give Marcus McNeill more leverage in his holdout, but I really don't think it gives him too much more. The owners across the league have made it abundantly clear that there really is no sense of urgency in trying to work out long-term contracts with their star players (see: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Darrelle Revis) with the collective bargaining agreement set to expire at the end of this season.

As Andy correctly pointed out in his article the Chargers will sign free agents, and veteran guys sitting at home waiting for a phone call to come work out for the team before they cave into any kind of holdout.



Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:40 pm
 

Tra Thomas retires

No! This has "always" been the Chargers m.o., they did the same back in the late 80's / early 90's with John Jefferson. He was in his "prime" as a wr, and they held the line against him too. Think he may have even sat out the season? Or was traded? I can't remember which. In a business sense, more teams should do it, especially like in the case of Hayneworth. Though I think Miami ( my team, and in my opiion? ) was wrong in the handling of Ricky Williams. But in a player, and fan sense, with them being this close? They should pay an "ALL-PRO" like an all-pro. Or trade him? Good business model for management, bad P.R. for future free-agents thinking about signing with the Chargers. Best thing they could do, is try and trade both McNeil, and Jackson. For the most part, both "did" honor their contracts. San Diego could save face by tradind them, and just moving on. They're too "close" to a SuperBowl not to. In "my" opinion.



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:33 pm
 

Tra Thomas retires

AJ Smith has his way of doing football deals. It's his way, or no way. Some like it, some don't. But look at Gates. He had his issues with AJ, then got with the program. Now look where he is, the highest paid tight end. Marcus and VJax should get with the program.

Jerzee



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:32 pm
 

Tra Thomas retires

A.J. Smith has always been more concerned about his ego than winning championships.



Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:31 pm
 

Tra Thomas retires

The reason isn't logical.  And it's not personal.  It's more philoisophical. He actually wants to sign McNeill long term, but not while he's holding out.  The Chargers will adjust protection packages to accomodate him.  Check out the Chargers message boards.  Everybody's been talking about it ad naseum.




Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:20 pm
 

Tra Thomas retires

Do any Charger fans know why Aj is doing this? Does he personally not like Marcus McNeill? Rivers will be injured within 2 games without McNeill. Better get this done Aj


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