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Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

Posted on: September 25, 2010 1:35 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 3:35 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the holdouts in San Diego is finally over. The Chargers have confirmed earlier reports that left tackle Marcus McNeill has finally signed his one-year restricted free agent tender. M. McNeill (US Presswire)

“We’re all very happy that Marcus has decided to sign his tender and go back to work,” said general manager A.J. Smith. “He has missed some time on the job, but we will be patient, get him up to speed and Coach (Norv Turner) will decide how quickly he gets on the field.”

By not signing his RFA tender on time, the two-time Pro Bowl left tackle saw his 2010 salary slashed from $3.168 million to less than $500,000 (after factoring in fines and missed games). No word on what made McNeill change his mind, though you have to figure the bind Vincent Jackson found himself in this week (unable to get traded) factored in.

McNeill could also be concerned about having the necessary five accrued seasons to be a free agent in 2010. He needs to play in at least six games to get an accrued season.  

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune said the reason McNeill signed today is so he can start his three-game roster exempt suspension (a result of the hardball A.J. Smith played). McNeill will not travel with the team to San Diego, and he is not eligible to take the field until October 17 against the Rams.

McNeill, though somewhat inconsistent in his pass protection mechanics, is a dramatic upgrade over fill-in starter Brandyn Dombrowski.


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Comments

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:28 pm
 

AJ is a Genius

This is just a theory but I think AJ and McNeill agreed to a deal but only if he signs the tender first. This way he makes VJ look like crap for not signing or makes him sign and hope for a long term deal. 
I bet a long term deal will be made with McNeill in the next couple weeks.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:24 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

Yeah, that is funny, dramatic... the comment, not the reality.

I wonder if this is to set up a trade, if not, why not move old Marcus McNeill to the RT spot, where they Chargers could really use some help?
They probably won't, but it would be funny...



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:21 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

I hope he is in shape...Now I feel better about the protection of Rivers



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:21 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

GREAT to have Marcus back in there!  Funny thing though.. this guy says Marcus is a "dramatic upgrade over current starter Brandon Dombrowski" and im not so sure about that.  Dombrowski has played exceptionally welll and hasnt given up a sack in 2 games.  Norv has lauded the play of Dombrowski on several occassions, and he might even be a BETTER runblocker than marcus!

This will provide a boost to the Chargers in more ways than one.. keep in mind however we wont see the guy until late October because of his suspension, by that time id Dombrowski has started all these games and formed a chemistry with Dielman and has been successful... Mcneil may have very well held himself out of his starting job! (as well as the 3.5 million he left on the table)



Since: Jul 17, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2010 1:45 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

And why didn't he sign back in June? Lame. Do not test AJ.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2010 1:45 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

But, but, but A.J. Smith is such a meany!

Maybe one of them came to their senses, and stopped listening to bad advise from agents.


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