San Diego Chargers LT Marcus McNeill Signs Tender; Is Vincent Jackson Next?

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIISeptember 25, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 25:  Marcus McNeill #73 of the San Diego Chargers looks on from the bench during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 25, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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According to reports, San Diego Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill has signed a one-year tender worth $630,000 that will allow him to rejoin the team. 

The 2-time Pro Bowl selection has held out in search of a long-term deal, but Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith has not budged.  

Of course, the two sides do have the next few weeks to work out a potential new deal. 

McNeill will miss the next three games due to being placed on the roster exempt, but will be eligible to play against the St. Louis Rams in Week 6. 

Until then, Brandyn Dombrowski will continue to protect Phillip Rivers' blindside. Depite the inexperience, he' done a decent job keeping defenders away so far. At the same time, there's no doubt that the Chargers are ecstatic to have their stud left tackle back in action. 

Moreover, I'm sure that McNeill is excited about his return to football as well.

"great to be back today...GO BOLTS," McNeill posted on his Twitter account.

Reading between the lines, this move comes as a result of the Vincent Jackson trade situation--or lack thereof. 

Regardless of multiple offers, the Chargers declined them and let the deadline pass without awarding him a new deal. 

While the text message that he sent to NFL Network stated that the Chargers organization acted "unethical", the reality is that Jackson is upset about the harsh truth that he won't be playing for another team this year.

I'm certain that McNeill didn't want to feel that way, and would rather swallow his pride and rejoin the franchise. 

While I still don't see him playing for the Chargers long-term, I wouldn't rule out the possibility of him signing a one-year tender now that his teammate has as well, especially because his only other option is a potential trade by the Oct. 19 trade deadline. 

If he's wise, then Jackson must realize that the window of opportunity is closing and in order to preserve the little credibility he has left, he must handle this situation maturely. 

And, if he wants to be a factor in the upcoming free agency period, then he needs to display his ability this season because few teams will be interested in a wideout who's been out of football for over a year. 

However this situation plays itself out, I wish both sides the best of luck and hopefully they can do what's best long-term. 

Information from an ESPN news report was used in this article.