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Chargers to release longtime left tackle Marcus McNeill

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The agent for longtime Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill has confirmed to Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune San Diego that his client will be released before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. signing period gets underway.

This move has been expected for months. The Chargers are hoping to re-sign free agent Jared Gaither to be McNeill’s replacement after a strong finish to last season, when McNeill was nursing a neck injury.

While McNeill immediately becomes a top name on a thin offensive tackle market, medical concerns may prevent him from getting a big paycheck. McNeill has been unable to pass the Chargers’ team physical.

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21 Responses to “Chargers to release longtime left tackle Marcus McNeill”
  1. mnpackersfan says: Mar 13, 2012 1:34 PM

    Insert from previous stories: “We’re hearing that the Buccaneers and Bears could be chasing McNeill, if/when he hits the market.”

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 13, 2012 1:34 PM

    This move has been expected for months. The Chargers are hoping to re-sign free agent Jared Gaither to be McNeill’s replacement after a strong finish to last season, when McNeill was nursing a neck injury.

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    What is the thought process behind releasing him so close to the opening of free agency?

  3. carryingweight says: Mar 13, 2012 1:34 PM

    Vikings? Incentive based contracts the way to go we could use the depth, doubt they jump on this tho…

  4. yelix says: Mar 13, 2012 1:35 PM

    As a Chiefs fan, I’ll miss him. His false starts and revolving door protection against Tamba Hali on Monday Night this year were amazing.

    But seriously, he’s a pretty good tackle, all things considered.

  5. mnpackersfan says: Mar 13, 2012 1:38 PM

    Maybe the Packers should think about him as a backup plan…wait, we already have 2 LT with knee issues.

  6. aaroncurryisbust says: Mar 13, 2012 1:41 PM

    Injuring McNeill is the only highlight of that POS bust Aaron Curry’s pathetic career.

  7. uslim2nun says: Mar 13, 2012 1:44 PM

    Come on over to D.C………we could maybe stick him at right tackle

  8. hanspard says: Mar 13, 2012 1:46 PM

    I’ve never seen an offensive lineman hit like McNeil was hit, and it cause so much damage, especially in a short area like on a sweep. Curry looked like the blocker on that play. Very odd.

  9. joetoronto says: Mar 13, 2012 1:47 PM

    The big guy was lit up like a downtown Christmas tree by Aaron Curry.

    All the best, Marcus.

  10. conormacleod says: Mar 13, 2012 1:53 PM

    Are the Bears expected to pursue him?

  11. robinandtony101 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:57 PM

    welcome to Atlanta McNeil they have a history of signing injured players

  12. kane337 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:03 PM

    He will be a Falcon soon.

  13. kg112686 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:09 PM

    welcome to (insert team name here)!!!

  14. democratsarestupid says: Mar 13, 2012 2:26 PM

    Please please please do not sign Jared Gaither. I have no idea where this value came from. He is a head case that only plays when he feels like trying. He is the left tackle version of Randy Moss with the Titans.

    He had one good game against Baltimore only because he was cut by them (for being a head case) and felt like trying that game.

    Rivers is going to get wrecked with this guy at left tackle.

  15. jefferee101 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:27 PM

    Just watch, the Vikings will get a chubby for this guy, and they’ll pass on Kalil. This kind of move reeks of MN vikings.

  16. greysolon says: Mar 13, 2012 2:29 PM

    hanspard says:
    Mar 13, 2012 1:46 PM
    I’ve never seen an offensive lineman hit like McNeil was hit, and it cause so much damage, especially in a short area like on a sweep. Curry looked like the blocker on that play. Very odd.
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    It’s because he’s had a bad neck for a long time. It was just waiting to get hit the wrong way and— out it goes.

  17. greysolon says: Mar 13, 2012 2:31 PM

    and btw— welcome to UT San Diego’s Michael Gehlken, who replaces Kevin Acee on the Charger beat.

  18. boogap says: Mar 13, 2012 2:57 PM

    Chargers and Hardwick agree on 3yr deal!

  19. wizahdry says: Mar 13, 2012 3:00 PM

    I always liked Mcneil and the way he played. He is still young at 28 and will be a bargain for a team if he bounces back from injury.

  20. hanspard says: Mar 13, 2012 3:15 PM

    hanspard says:
    Mar 13, 2012 1:46 PM
    I’ve never seen an offensive lineman hit like McNeil was hit, and it cause so much damage, especially in a short area like on a sweep. Curry looked like the blocker on that play. Very odd.
    ————————————
    It’s because he’s had a bad neck for a long time. It was just waiting to get hit the wrong way and— out it goes.

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    Ahhhh, that makes sense then. I remember being amazed when the cart came out. Very odd moment.

  21. faithfulfriar says: Mar 13, 2012 5:33 PM

    @ bearsrulepackdrool

    The Chargers held on to McNeill to give him as much time as possible to heal with the hopes he would be able to pass a physical prior to free agency. It was all but certain McNeill wouldn’t pass it, but with a guy who has the talent McNeill has when healthy, the Chargers gave him as much time to heal as possible before they would have to pay him his roster bonus or cut him.

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