Chargers continue to put the screws to McNeill, Jackson

In this strangest of NFL offseasons, the San Diego Chargers have been sticking it to left tackle Marcus McNeill and receiver Vincent Jackson in an extremely (in our view) short-sighted way.

And none of it makes any sense.

But that’s a good thing.  Because trying to figure it out gives us something to talk about.  In PFT Daily.


35 responses to “Chargers continue to put the screws to McNeill, Jackson

  1. There is a reason why the Chargers can never win the big one. They always find some way to implode.

  2. You act like MM is the best LT in the NFL- not even close. You act like VJ doesn’t have a looming suspension and a history of bad decision making both on and off the field (kicking a flag deep within Jets territory while down on the scoreboard).
    Why would the Chargers care about allowing these guys go to another team right now? Why should they help them out?
    If that was the case, any player than didn’t want to sign a tender and go hit the open market could just refuse to sign that tender, and out the kindness of the Chargers they would end up released and free to go wherever they please?
    These retards turned down a one-year deal for $3m+, and they would have been in the same “driver’s seat” position for 2011.
    Florio, worst TV segment ever.

  3. I would say the absence of McNeill and Jackson hurt the Chargers WAY more than the absence of the money they’ll get from this year.

  4. Vincent Jackson’s career might as well be over — what a retard.
    When he comes back in week 10 he will have to sit out a suspension for his SECOND DWI. So at best he plays in week 13 or 15 (suspension pending), if the team even decides to play him.
    There will be no NFL in 2011. So the soonest VJ is really going to see the field again is 2012 when he’s 29/30 years old.
    Pro football players are like children and need responsible adults making all their essential decisions for them. VJ could’ve made over 3 million dollars this year and still been in good graces. As it stands he’ll make just over 200K and will be forgotten by 2012.
    Grow up, or at least let a grown-up make your important decisions numb skulls…

  5. Good for them. Any way a team can work a sign and trade deal? Works in basketball.

  6. Just the old Jack ass GM doing his same old routine.
    No wonder his initials are J.A. I’m glad he’s there. He’s ruined many a chances for that team. J.A. and Norv. What a combination.

  7. Gosh Florio, sometimes you have the worst opinions. What should the Chargers or any other team do when they have an employee who won’t show up to work? The players don’t have a leg to stand on.
    My only question is why didn’t San Diego sign these guys last offseason? They should’ve locked them up, but as it stands right now, the players should live up to the contract they signed and their union agreed to.
    Also, keep in mind McNeill has huge injury concerns with that neck condition and I didn’t see too many holes for LT last year. Enough with the talk about how great he is. He’s good, but not great. Jackson is great but he’s got a pea for a brain.

  8. Electric Jack? That is just crazy. Nobody knew who Electric Jack was until he kicked the flag in the playoff game.
    I am a huge Charger fan and its amazing to me what people are saying about the Bolts. Try being a Charger fan for 30 years then talk to me about problems. They STILL have one of the top 10 Charger squads since Fouts.

  9. Was this a joke, Florio? Are you clueless?
    I’ll say here what I said on twitter (bracketed bits flushed out because no twit character limit): @ProFootballTalk Obviously Chargers shouldn’t just rescind offers. [The team s]till own [the players’] rights, [the team will] get 6 weeks play [if the players want the year to count], [the team has high] trade potential [from the two players] & [both players should become at least a 4th round] comp pick.

  10. Electric Jack? That is just crazy. Nobody knew who Electric Jack was until he kicked the flag in the playoff game.
    I am a huge Charger fan and its amazing to me what people are saying about the Bolts. Try being a Charger fan for 30 years then talk to me about problems. They STILL have one of the top 10 Charger squads since Fouts.

  11. The Browns have 3 lineman they would trade for Marcus McNeill. Denver would also love to have him since both of their tackles are injured. Hope McNeill or his agent reads this post.

  12. Players aren’t going to leave teams just because of how RFA plays out, they leave teams because they get the biggest guaranteed money.

  13. Mike, you sound like an idiot when you ask stupid questions like “Why wouldn’t the Chargers just rescind the tender offers and let the players go?” Uh, could it be because the team would get no compensation for two very good players? Think that might have a LITTLE bit to do with it? While I enjoy many of your articles, sometimes it is very clear why you aren’t (and never will be) a general manager of an NFL franchise. It’s equally clear that you love to kiss union rear end.

  14. Florio, you say that these players will remember how they were “mistreated” in 2010. But, the fact is, these guys were offered raises which ultimately amounted to 10 times their current salaries….for 1 year, AFTER which , or even DURING that year, they would have guaranteed themselves long-term contracts. So really…WHO is playing hardball?? The team, or the players?? They were given 2 months to sign, and act like TEAM PLAYERS and not prima-donnas. There isn’t anyone reading this or your column for that matter that wouldn’t JUMP THROUGH HOOPS for a raise that is 10 TIMES THEIR CURRENT SALARY! But a LT with stenosis that the Bolts did a favor to by taking a chance on, and an alcoholic WR who’s ego won’t let him hire a designated driver and who is looking at a minimum 4-game suspension act like spoiled children, and you’re all over the Bolts like they’re doing something wrong. Snap out of it, guy!

  15. I don’t like how candid A.J. Smith is sometimes, but I don’t think he’s wrong here. Every player in the NFL is having to take tenders instead of big contracts because of the impending no cap season. These players just need to suite up and play.
    If they have a probelm with their tenders, they really need to look towards the voters of the NFLPA for electing a scum bag representative.
    It’s a tough year for a lot of players, so instead of holding out for something they will never get, they should play for what they get and move on.

  16. All these guys are just holding out to get the bonus $$$. Something to fall back on in 2 years when they strike. Do it now while you can… That’s why we have guys with 5 years still remaining on their deal trying to restructure it. T

  17. F—k these guys, we can lose in the playoffs just fine without them. Rivers didn’t have any time in the pocket against the Jets nor did LT have any running lanes, so what good was MM? As for Jackson, he wants a raise even though he’s got a suspension coming his way and choked (and was thrown in the back of a cop car beforehand) in the biggest game of his career? I’m with AJ on this one, find people who want to win first, the money will follow.

  18. Florio postulates: Why not rescind the offer and let them go somewhere else, unless blah, blah, blah, send a message?
    Florio, there are several reasons why not just let them go. 1) They have potential trade value if they sign at any point during the season. 2) Who in their right mind would just let two pro bowl level players go for no compensation to any team, including division rivals, when you have the option to lock them up? 3) The players have to show up by week 10 unless they want to do this all over again, so the team gets them for part of the year and playoff run, assuming they are in shape and willing to play and can make the active roster.
    So, as you can see, there are more reasons that don’t require a conspiracy theory to figure out why the Chargers don’t just rescind the offers and let them go.

  19. @Zach, dont under estimate the power of the ego. Look at Logan Mankins, claiming he wants to be traded because of how the Pats have treated him this offseason. Jay Cutler crying his way out of Denver because McDanials wanted to trade for Matt Cassell.

  20. I agree w/boltsfan, Florio, you sound like an idiot.
    A.J. Smith may be a blow-hard jerk, but I think he’s right on this one. Why let the inmates run the asylum?

  21. Karma iz a bitch…. AFC West titles going back a Mile High where they belong. F the Dolts

  22. Raiders 2010 AFC West Champs.
    You heard it here first..
    The Raiders will beat the Chargers this yr and easily take the AFC West with a 10-6 record.

  23. God, some of you people are so ridiculously stupid it’s kind of sad. But florio, we expect more from. Suggesting the chargers should just let them walk might be the dumbest thing any GM would ever do. It’s actually laughable somebody like Florio, who is supposed to be informed, would suggest it.

  24. The person with the money almost always wins. To suggest they haven’t though it through is ridiculous. It’s not like they don’t have the money to do it, they’ve had lawyers and experts review and this is the best business decision. Sometimes there is parity, thank god, and the players will lose on this one. I believe that the agents will blink first. We’ll see new agents before we see them sit out, but we’re still talking about week 3,4,5,6….

  25. Florio really tries, but this is evidence
    that one can’t “cover” 32 teams, and
    be insightful on all of them.
    San Diego fans, who love MM & VJ
    (but also know that AJ Smith delivers
    great rosters year in and year out)
    are siding with the team 4 to 1
    (over these 2 players)

  26. Ryan Mathews is a beast… if he can stay healthy (big IF I know), the Chargers will be better than last year, even without MM and VJ

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