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Saturday, September 25, 2010
Chargers win as Marcus McNeill reports

By Bill Williamson

I’m scrambling to get to the airport, but I wanted to give some quick thoughts on San Diego left tackle Marcus McNeill ending his holdout.

The San Diego Union Tribune reported that McNeill signed his $630,000 one-year tender. He has a roster exemption so he will not be eligible to play until the Chargers play at. St. Louis on Oct. 17.

The paper reports McNeill will make about $407,000. He turned down a $3 million-plus tender in the offseason because he wanted a long-term deal. This is clearly a situation where McNeill caved to get back onto the field.

I’m sure he will look to get a long-term deal. The Chargers have long planned to give McNeill a new deal, but on their terms. I’m sure the fact that McNeill is coming back at a much reduced rate will be looked at as a sign of good faith. Still, a long-term contract could take some time to work out.

The Chargers have been pleased with the play of his replacement, Brandyn Dombrowski, in the first two games.

Don’t expect the fact that McNeill reported to change the plans of holdout Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson. He is planning to sit out the entire season if he is not traded on Oct. 18 or Oct.19, which is the trade deadline.

This is a big victory for the Chargers. They get a quality player back for a big chunk of the season.