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Marcus McNeill and Chargers start talks again

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.

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6 Responses to “Marcus McNeill and Chargers start talks again”
  1. SeriousRadio says: Jul 30, 2010 8:57 PM

    Still hoping the Chargers get hammered early in the season so AJ takes the blame for disrupting a winning formula. This is as bad as the Packers forcing Farve out the door a 13-3 season. How did that work out…

  2. I_Hate_Yams says: Jul 30, 2010 9:12 PM

    Great. I like McNeill and I think he is important to keep Philip upright. But McNeill does still get beat by a lot of speed rushers.

  3. comment_submission_error says: Jul 30, 2010 9:17 PM

    Phillip is probably the guy leaning in AJ’s ear about getting McNeill signed. “Thanks for getting Antonio signed, Mr. Smith. I might need time for him to get open, though. Have you considered talking to Marcus, sir?”

  4. cheapargentina says: Jul 30, 2010 9:34 PM

    @SeriousRadio
    at least the packers had Aaron Rodgers waiting on da bench the chargers have who to replace em?

  5. bopkova007 says: Jul 30, 2010 10:17 PM

    McNeill, is not special. He has allowed 38 QB hits,sacks, and pressures last year. He grades #39 on “pro Football Focus” One spot ahead of Flozell. Not very good company. BUT if SD has no one close in a backup then his value goes up. On a great off line like Balt has, he would not even start.

  6. OntBoltFan says: Jul 31, 2010 1:38 PM

    McNeil was hurt last year at the start of the season so his play was down. He was a Probowler for 2 years before.
    They said they were going to deal with Gates first and then the others. I think something will get done soon. There is goodwill btw them and SD needs to protect Rivers.

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