Tra Thomas decides to retire

Signed in June as a possible replacement for holdout left tackle Marcus McNeill, Tra Thomas has decided to retire from football, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

While this further erodes the Chargers’ depth at tackle, the plan for Thomas to take over for McNeill was scuttled weeks ago.  After lining up as a starter in OTAs, Thomas entered training camp as a backup.  He underwent knee surgery early in training camp and didn’t appear to be a lock to make the roster.

Still, the Chargers are now without a veteran safety net at left tackle.  They will have to rely on their young players — Brandon Dombrowski especially — unless McNeill comes back into the fold.