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LT McNeill Ends Holdout, Signs RFA Tender

Sorry for the late update, but as I’m sure you all have heard by now, left tackle Marcus McNeill has signed his one-year, restricted free agent tender and rejoined the Chargers.

He is a welcome addition to the squad after sitting out all of the preseason because of a contract dispute in which he was demanding a long-term contract from the Chargers. Unfortunately for the Chargers though, he will still have to sit out another two games due to his being placed on the roster exempt list by GM A.J. Smith. He already missed Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, which will count as the first of his three games that he is suspended for. Therefore, the first game he will be eligible to play in will be on October 17 against the St. Louis Rams.

After June 15, his RFA tender was slashed from $3.16 million to $630,000. Despite this rather severe drop in pay, McNeill has come back, possibly in hopes of receiving that long-term deal he’s been hoping for if he shows his worth on the field.

He will now come in for Brandyn Dombrowski, a second year tackle who has stepped into McNeill’s left tackle spot and played sufficiently during the first three games of the season. Despite Dombrowski’s promising play, McNeill will be a sight for sore eyes on an offensive line that has had just about every obstacle imaginable thrown at them this offseason.


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