Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith will see your long holdout threats and raise you some strong rhetoric.
“We lost a couple of great players today, and it hurts,” Smith said after officially lowering wideout Vincent Jackson and tackle Marcus McNeill’s contract tenders on Tuesday.
“We are trying to build a championship team, and losing the
services of both Vincent and Marcus just made that more difficult — but
not impossible. In due time, Coach [Norv] Turner will name two new
starters. We will rally as a team, compete and try to win as many games
as we can,” Smith told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Smith already signed players at both positions to increase the team’s depth. Now he’s talking about his stars in the past tense.
“It was a very unpleasant situation we all had to deal with,” Smith
said. “It came to a conclusion today. We will now move forward and focus
on the upcoming season.”
But is this a conclusion? Are we to believe there will really be no movement, news, or developments until Week Ten, when Jackson and McNeill plan to show up?
This year is like no other, but the history of contract disputes suggests this situation is just getting started.