A.J. Smith started the day talking tough to our pal Alex Marvez at FoxSports.com, barking out more of Smith’s “My way or the highway” rhetoric.
Reason set in by the end of the day. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that the Chargers and left tackle Marcus McNeill recently re-started contract talks and McNeill is relatively optimistic a deal can be reached.
Like Donald Penn in Tampa, McNeill is an unsigned restricted free agent. (Penn is expected to come to terms this weekend with the Bucs.) The talks are “preliminary” for now, but some face-to-face talks could happen this week.
All along, McNeill has always seemed far more likely than wideout Vincent Jackson to get a new contract and end his “holdout” before the season starts. This latest development should make Phillip Rivers very happy.