After the 2011 season ends, the Chargers may have to find a new coach and a new G.M. They also may need a new left guard and left tackle.
With Pro Bowl guard Kris Dielman considering retirement after a concussion that caused a seizure during a flight home from New York, left tackle Marcus McNeill’s future also is in doubt, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Per Acee, McNeill’s $10 million guaranteed base salary has an exception for spinal injuries, given McNeill’s medical history. With McNeill on injured reserve due to a neck injury, the Chargers could avoid paying him another cent, if he can’t pass a physical due to the neck injury.
McNeill had no comment on the issue. McNeill’s agent told Acee that McNeill plans to play in 2012.
Claimed on waivers last month, Jared Gaither has been a pleasant surprise in place of McNeill; the money saved by moving on from McNeill could be used to sign Gaither.
Acee writes that Dielman has a $1 million roster bonus due in early March, along with a base salary for 2012 of $4.5 million.
Then there’s the possibility that center Nick Hardwick will bolt the Bolts. He’s due to be an unrestricted free agent.
So, basically, a lot of changes could be coming to San Diego. Time will tell whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.