Chargers use Marcus McNeill signing to pressure Vincent Jackson

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
Mac
.”

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.

15 responses to “Chargers use Marcus McNeill signing to pressure Vincent Jackson

  1. Do you blame yourself and this “staff” for completely botching every prediction you’ve made regarding this situation?
    At what point do you realize you have your collective heads shoved up your collective arses?

  2. “I wonder how much the loss to the Raiders spurred this?”
    None, this was already in the works and McNeill was going to start against the Rams no matter what happened against the Raiders.

  3. Chargers passing offense is doing plenty fine without Vincent Jackson so those agents can sit there and keep crying.
    McNeill was far more important and treated as such…

  4. “I wonder how much the loss to the Raiders spurred this?”
    None, he signed his tender 3 weeks ago.

  5. I don’t know how this will help when SD is spotting 36 points over 5 games to opponents via special teams, but having Rivers not broken in half during one of the Chargers’ typical “45 mins to develop” pass patterns will be nice. Especially overcoming that special teams point deficit and all the passing required to do so.

  6. With Malcom Floyd playing as well as he has been, the Chargers don’t really need Vincent Jackson. They need a new special teams coach!!!!

  7. The loss to the raiders had 0% to do with this..Vincent Jackson does not play special teams on punts…And Rivers threw for over 400 yards..So the lack of a passing attack did not lose this game for them…Perhaps they should give an extension to Malcolm Floyd who caught for over 200 yards..

  8. # DRex says: October 12, 2010 1:38 PM
    Chargers passing offense is doing plenty fine without Vincent Jackson so those agents can sit there and keep crying.
    McNeill was far more important and treated as such…
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    While I agree that McNeill is more important to the Chargers, I disagree that everything is fine with their passing game. Yeah, they’ve put up some big numbers, but in the two losses that I saw (didn’t watch the Raiders game), I noticed the same thing. Big plays missed due to receiver mistakes, and a failure to score in the last minute of the game from the red zone. Are you seriously saving that a fast, tall, and athletic WR like Jackson doesn’t improve their odds of scoring in the red zone? At the very least, he pulls extra coverage that helps open up another receiver. Their offense is better with Jackson, but that relationship is over. At most, you’ll see Jackson at the end of the season to ensure that the wording in the next cba doesn’t leave him in the same position.

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