Breaking News: San Diego Chargers Left Tackle Marcus McNeill Signs Tender
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San Diego Chargers offensive left tackle Marcus McNeill has officially ended his holdout.
According to reports from the San Diego Union-Tribune, McNeill has signed his one-year tender worth approximately $444,000. NFL.com writer Jason La Canfora reported McNeill's tender was worth $407,000.
After signing his tender, McNeill posted a message on his Twitter page that said, "great to be back today.. GO BOLTS."
He is not the only one who is glad he is back. Chargers fans can now breathe a sigh of relief.
McNeill, was scheduled to make $3.168 million this season had he signed his original restricted free-agent tender. The amount was reduced to $630,000 on Jun. 15 when Chargers general manager A.J. Smith imposed a deadline for McNeill and wide receiver Vincent Jackson to sign their tenders.
The two-time Pro Bowl left tackle is expected to be at Chargers Park on Monday to partake in practice, however he must sit out three games while still on the Roster-Exempt list. He will be eligible to play in his first game of the season on Oct. 17 when the Chargers travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams.
McNeill's signing may pave the way for the Chargers to work out a long-term deal for the left tackle, who stayed away from Chargers Park during the offseason and training camp because of the lack of the long-term deal he sought.
The Chargers have maintained that they are looking to negotiate a long-term deal with McNeill and had no interest in trading the left tackle after receiving calls from other teams inquiring about him, however if and when the Chargers negotiate a new deal for McNeill remains to be seen.
The big question is what will happen to current left tackle Brandyn Dombrowski?
Dombrowski, has made big strides and done a superb job filling in for McNeill, protecting Philip Rivers' blind side. There has been talk and speculation that Dombrowski will be moved to right tackle and will replace Jeromey Clary, once McNeill is activated.
Had McNeill reported to training camp on time, it was possible that Dombrowski had a chance to take the starting right tackle spot away from Clary.
Chargers fans were not happy with Clary, and hopes that McNeill would return sooner than later especially after the Chargers loss to Kansas City on Monday Night Football when Clary looked less than impressive.
With McNeill signing and the Chargers unable to deal Vincent Jackson to Minnesota, what does the future look like with the Chargers lone holdout? Will Jackson cave and sign his tender? Will he end up with another team? Only time will tell.
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