Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill is set to get the contract extension that he was hoping for this offseason when he stayed away from the team.
Showing up to work helped get the deal done, so the Chargers are using McNeill as an example to pressure wide receiver Vincent Jackson to end his work stoppage.
“Nearing 5-yr deal for Marcus McNeill,” Chargers director of public relations Bill Johnston wrote on Tuesday. “Team always said to 73 [McNeil] & 83 [Jackson]:
sign tender, go to work & we’ll see how it goes. It went well for
While McNeill’s deal indirectly proves the folly of his absence, there was always a feeling the left tackle was a big part of San Diego’s future. It seems far less likely that Jackson could get the long-term contract he wants with the Chargers.
But we don’t blame Johnston for trying.