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Saturday, August 21, 2010
OT's retirement won't affect Marcus McNeill

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Don’t expect the retirement of tackle Tra Thomas to kick start the Marcus McNeill talks in San Diego.

Yes, Thomas was brought in June as insurance for McNeill’s holdout. So, Thomas’ retirement does end that thought. However, Thomas was trailing behind Brandyn Dombrowski in the race to replace McNeill. So, this loss isn’t devastating. Plus, young Tyrone Green has looked promising at left tackle.

Of course, the Chargers will be in the best shape if McNeill ends his holdout. But that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon. Despite meeting with San Diego general manager A.J. Smith this week, McNeill is not close to returning.

Smith will likely look at the waiver wire in the next couple of weeks for more depth at the position as he waits out McNeill. The team could also pursue a trade for veteran help as well.