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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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

Why would we care about signing free agents? None of our good starters came from free agency. I really can't think of any

Exactly. And there are plenty of players that want to be on the Chargers. People like going to winning teams. See the Patriots that actually are like what A.J. Smith is being accused of in error.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2010 4:00 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

My thought exactly!  AJ may have screwed McNeill on this one, but every player in the league just saw an example of how the Chargers treat their players.  Good luck in getting top quality players from here on out.  Good luck in getting your players to play hard for you too.  This league is 100% all about the PLAYERS!

Dolphin boy has an excuse, he doesn't know the division well enough to know what he is talking about, but as a Chiefs fan, you should know better than to be a complete idiot and not realize the Chargers build through the draft, and are in no way depleted, nor have they had FA departures outside of Michael Turner.

Did you folks miss Antonio Gates monster contract? Philip Rivers? Heck the Chargers even offered Drew Brees 30 million, but were honest and advised it would be as a back-up, even then only two teams showed interest, and Miami dropped the ball, winner Saints.

Stupid guys, really stupid comments.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2010 3:57 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

Yeah, AJ is such a genius that no free agent will ever want to play for him or SD!!  Seriously, their roster keeps getting more and more depleted because people don't want to stay.

Depleted?

Who Kassim Osgood? Who?
Wes Welker was released, Greg Camarillo released, Ben Leber released, LT released.

Only Michael Turner was a big name free agent departure, and the Chargers do not build through free agency, they build through the draft.
Take about a stupid comment.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2010 3:43 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

This story isn't completely written yet... I think McNeil will reap benefits for his decision.

But my question is:

How are they depleted? Who are they missing besides VJ? Seems to me every passing day brings more "prodigal sons" back into the fold...

Did you happen to hear about Gates' deal? Philip Rivers' deal? Chargers aren't afraid to pay - But they're also not afraid to draw the line in the sand on how much they think a player is worth, and use the structure of negotiation to its fullest advantage. When you deal with millionaire agents, you play hardball or you lose. Sometimes both. Don't hate players...hate the game.

Players will always want to play for a team that is good. And the Chargers are good. Jackson and his agent have negotiated themselves out of the market, and are now crying to the press. McNeil and his agent learned from Jackson's mistakes. I'd bet McNeil will play for the Chargers as long as AJ wants him to...




Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2010 3:27 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

Why would we care about signing free agents? None of our good starters came from free agency. I really can't think of any. 



Since: Apr 15, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

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. 
I'm assuming that the writer means 2011....not 2010.

I'm glad he's coming back. Plus, if he really does want to test the FA market in the off season, he's going to have to play his assoff to show possible employers that he's still commited to the game. This way he can't just "go through the motions" on the field this year.

I'm hoping a long term deal can be agreed upon by both sides though.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

My thought exactly!  AJ may have screwed McNeill on this one, but every player in the league just saw an example of how the Chargers treat their players.  Good luck in getting top quality players from here on out.  Good luck in getting your players to play hard for you too.  This league is 100% all about the PLAYERS! 




Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:52 pm
 

Marcus McNeill ends his holdout

Yeah, AJ is such a genius that no free agent will ever want to play for him or SD!!  Seriously, their roster keeps getting more and more depleted because people don't want to stay.



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