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.

21 responses to “Chargers to release longtime left tackle Marcus McNeill

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

    All the best, Marcus.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  10. @ 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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