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Jackson and McNeill Headed for What Appears to be Long Holdouts

It looks more and more as if the Chargers will have a couple of official holdouts once camp opens. The San Diego Union Tribune says that Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill will almost for sure not be in camp on time, and the Chargers are standing by their word of not giving the players what they want:

With his rookies reporting to training camp tonight and the holdouts of Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill just days from becoming reality, A.J. Smith remains resigned to the situation dragging on.

There will be no more money for Jackson or McNeill as an inducement to bring them back to the Chargers. We are almost certainly approaching Smith’s last public proclamation on this topic, the final statement maybe coming Friday, the day that Jackson and McNeill (and perhaps Shawne Merriman) will officially be tardy.

“We stand the same,” Smith said. “And clearly all parties understand each other’s position. We may see Vincent and Marcus for the last six game, or maybe not at all this year. But if they do decide to come back before the end of the season, six games is a lot of football, especially if we are fortunate enough to still be very much alive in the race for the division championship. We would have two great, Pro Bowl-talented players returning to our team for the stretch run. Now, what kind of shape would they be in or what their attitude might be, I don’t know. But if they do return, coach (Norv) Turner will decide what their roles will be at that time.”

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