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OT McNeill Receives Long-Awaited Extension

Two weeks after ending his holdout, offensive tackle Marcus McNeill and the San Diego Chargers have come to terms on a new, long-term contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It is a five-year contract, although the financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. The deal will be finalized when he signs it today.

With a new contract in place and his suspension now up, McNeill has been returned to the active roster and will most likely start next Sunday for Brandyn Dombrowski when the Chargers travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams. McNeill will be a welcomed addition to the lineup after Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, during which Dombrowski struggled to protect quarterback Phillip Rivers’ blindside from defensive end Matt Shaughnessy.

In order for McNeill to be placed on the active roster, the Chargers have released cornerback Fred Bennett.

Bennett was brought in during the pre-season after being released by the Houston Texans and made the 53-man roster for the Chargers at the beginning of the season. Bennett played in the first four games of the season, but did not see the field against the Raiders. He had only made one tackle so far this season.

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