Or maybe not.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that McNeill met Wednesday with G.M. A.J. Smith.
Per Acee, the session produced “nothing tangible,” and no movement toward a long-term deal. McNeill reportedly requested the meeting so that he could communicate to Smith that the player and his agent are in “lockstep.” Late last month, signs of dysfunction emerged regarding the role of agent Alvin Keels, with agent Jason Fletcher getting involved and Keels awkwardly contradicting himself as to whether Fletcher was authorized to be involved.
It appears that McNeill readily would accept the one-year, $3.168 million tender offer that was on the table until June 15, when the team exercised its right under the labor deal to reduce the tender to 110 percent of McNeill’s 2009 base salary, which equates to $630,000. The Chargers are now unwilling to increase the offer from $630,000.
Recently, the Chargers sent a letter advising McNeill that, if he doesn’t report to the team by August 20, he’ll be placed on the roster-exempt list, which as a practical matter compels McNeill to report by Week 7, not by Week 10, in order to secure a year of credit and become eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2011, if the new rules permit unrestricted free agency upon the accrual of five or more years of service.