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Holdouts Jackson and McNeill Receive Roster Exemption Letters

Today, the San Diego Chargers sent letters to both wide receiver Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill informing them that they were placed on the roster exempt list on Friday.

Because of this roster exemption, both players well have to serve a three-game suspension before they are allowed to play a game this season. Before this, both players had to report and sign their tenders by Week 10 in order to accrue a year towards free agency. Now, due to the three-game suspension, both players must show up by Week 7 in order to do so.

Both players have already missed out on some big money due to this holdout. Initially, Jackson was tendered at $3.268 million and McNeill at $3.168 million. After the June 15th deadline passed and neither had signed their tenders, they both lost about $2.5 million of their contracts after the Chargers exercised their right to lower the value of the tenders.

Since then, neither player has shown much interest in trying to come to terms with the Chargers front office, and both of their futures as Chargers look grimm.

It was confirmed by the Seattle Seahawks that on Friday, they were given permission to go into contract discussions with Jackson’s agent. However, according to NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora, the process is no where close to coming to terms of a contract or the Seahawks coming to terms with the Chargers on a trade for Jackson. The Chargers, on that note, have made it clear that they expect at least a second-round draft pick in exchange for Jackson. The Washington Redskins have also shown interest in the troubled wide receiver, who must also serve a three-game suspension for  violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

As for McNeill, there hasn’t been much news besides him visiting with GM A.J. Smith this past Wednesday at team headquarters to discuss where both sides stood in the contract dispute. Unfortunately, no deal was struck and it doesn’t appear that any progress has been made. Unlike Jackson, the Chargers don’t appear to be planning on trading McNeill any time soon.


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