Chargers prepare for McNeill holdout

With a potential holdout by standout left tackle Marcus McNeill looming, the Chargers are making backup plans.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the team is planning to sign veteran Tra Thomas on Wednesday. He is in San Diego taking a physical.

Update: Thomas has signed with San Diego.

Thomas is 36. He started three games in Jacksonville last season. He was a consistent starter for 11 seasons in Philadelphia.

Thomas is no longer a high-level player, but he could help the team if McNeill sits out. The only other left tackle possibility on the roster is Brandyn Dombrowski, but he is not a natural left tackle.

The team is preparing for a McNeill holdout. The Chargers are expected to lower his restricted free-agent tender next Tuesday. McNeill is expected to hold out if he doesn’t get a long-term deal. The Chargers are not prepared to give him a new deal yet.

Thomas’ arrival shows the Chargers are making plans for life without McNeill.