RFA Deadline Is Here

As the Chargers and their two most valuable Restricted Free Agents face off in a game of chicken that the team does not plan on losing, you can’t help but wonder what the 2010 season would look like without their starting left tackle and number-one wide receiver. If the reports and rumors are to be believed, T Marcus McNeill and WR Vincent Jackson will ignore the June 14 deadline to sign their tendered contracts, and will stay away from the team for as long as they believe it would serve their interests. That means missing training camp and games through Week 10 of the regular season. And in this Chargers fan’s opinion, that sucks.

In preparing for the absence of McNeill and Jackson, the Chargers signed veteran left tackle Tra Thomas and wide receiver Josh Reed. Reed provides depth at a talented position on the team, while Thomas would serve as the unquestioned starter in the event that McNeill remains on hiatus. On the bright side, at least it is not Clary or Dombrowski manning the all important left side of the line.

So the question is, how confident do you feel thinking about the absence of Jackson and McNeill for a majority of the regular season? Thomas, at the age of 35, may be a serviceable tackle protecting River’s blind side. Reed is really just another guy at wide receiver, although he never had the talent around him to become much more than that in Buffalo, where he spent the last eight-years. But if you aren’t replacing Pro Bowl talent with Pro Bowl, can it be considered anything less than the team, as a whole, getting worse? It certainly does not improve the Chargers’ Super Bowl hopes.

If you had a choice as to which of these two players you could guarantee will be here and ready to play come Week 1 of the regular season, who would that player be? Give us your thoughts, and include your name so people can respond!

June 13, 2010

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Scott Scheevel said... Jun 15, 2010, 1:28:00 AM

Definetly McNeil, Rivers needs time in the pocket to find the open receiver, whom ever that might be.

Scott Scheevel said... Jun 15, 2010, 1:34:00 AM

In week 17 vs the Redskins starting defense, which is actually pretty good, Floyd made catches for 140 yards with no VJ. It's all about Rivers and giving him time.

Steve 'the wall' Ryan said... Jun 15, 2010, 1:41:00 AM

It was McNeil, but now i'm thinking VJ because looking at the first four games that he'd miss due to suspension, kc, jacksonville, seattle and arizona, the arizona game is the only one where he might be the difference between winning and losing.

McNeil is not playing to his rookie form, and Tra Thomas has been to the pro bowl 3 times. He knows what he's doing, so the drop off isn't so big. That said, I'd love to see McNeil on the left and Thomas on the right.
Get em both signed though, Go chargers!

Anonymous said... Jun 15, 2010, 10:05:00 AM

mcneill is needed to shore up the blind side for the future (spending another high pick wont garantuee a better one), so i think its very important to give him a good deal. although i think that tra thomas will easily be good enough this year and maybe for one or two years after that.

VJ, pretty much my favourite player, behind rivers now that LT is gone... i just hope that he gets a good contract (something in the area of the top-10 WRs), because he deserves it. rivers is great, but i saw some passes that were completed only because jackson made an incredible effort.

hopefully this stuff works out. what about merriman though? he is a perfect one-year-tender guy. if he plays well (can finally recover from his injury), give him a contract and otherwise cut him.

and i would say that reed is good. better than average, but not great. in the end, the offense is likely to finish among the top 5, and if the defense steps it up a little, this team can go anywhere. with or without VJ and mcneill


Anonymous said... Jun 15, 2010, 2:56:00 PM

It is tough to give either guy the BIG deal that they want. VJ, although productive, is facing a mandatory suspension for his 2nd DUI and the driving with a suspended license and expired tags wont help. He's worth a long term deal but probably not the deal he wants.

McNeill fell to us in the 2nd round of the draft due to injury concerns. Primarily at the time the concern was with his back, which he has not injured in the Pro's. He has however been injured most of his career. Most of the time he has still been able to play at a high level (even with two broken hands) but the problem is the same. Can you really give this guy the BIG contract that he wants?

Unless either of these guys take a home team discount, it does not appear that they will be with the Chargers long term.

Anonymous said... Jun 15, 2010, 3:01:00 PM

I think it has been the same problem with Sproles. The Chargers definitely see value in him but are concerned that he is one big hit from being out of football. The are set to pay him over $7 million this year which speaks volumes about how the Chargers value him. Again they would love to sign him to a shorter deal for fear that he may suffer a serious injury. It costs the Chargers more in the long run if he stays healthy but it is less risky in the short run.

Anonymous said... Jun 15, 2010, 10:58:00 PM

you know what is ridculous....think of a working class joe (blue collar/white collar) sitting out and not taking the largest salary (more than total combined working income) because we deserved more. Give me a fricken break. Cry me a freakin river.

Anonymous said... Jun 16, 2010, 2:17:00 AM

^you have a point. but when you are VJ and you see moss, fitz and even ochocinco making 6m+/year and you played as good as they did and you made what? 600k? 900k?

these salaries are not comparable to "us", and if you were up there, you wouldnt look back either. the whole system is crazy, this is right, but VJ is not greedy or whatever. he just wants the money he thinks he deserves. you also wouldnt go working for 300$ per month full-time, right? people in nigeria/ghana would love to, and would call you a greedy fucker as well.

BUT with all the legal trouble, i dont think this is realistic.


Anonymous said... Jun 16, 2010, 11:39:00 AM

AJ. In my opinion is putting his foot in his mouth. Hardball tactics is one thing. Common sense would tell you to attempt to keep you young proven players signed. He should've have given VJ contract a while ago. Instead he waited and waited..then, Brandon Marshall got a huge contract. You can't blame VJ for wanting his comparable share dispite his legal woes. Your paying little man, #43 7 million for two season strait. It seems AJ and Spanos cheap skate ways are getting the best of them and rightfully so. The only problem is it's discouraging their players and The Charger Fans. This is what I see last year we were 13-3. This year we've lost, LT, Cromartie, Brandon Mal, Merrimum, VJ and McNeil and we are supose to make SB run. What a joke!

AJ. Do you feel big talking smack to the Media. You need to learn better tactics and quit being such an asshole. Spanos get you're head out of your ass.

Lighting 72

Anonymous said... Jun 16, 2010, 5:05:00 PM

Situations like this are what pulls teams apart. If we don't start showing some consistancy we will never win a superbowl. Pull it together bolts!!!

The wall said... Jun 16, 2010, 7:48:00 PM

The real winner here is Malcom Floyd. He's making as much as VJ would have and now he becomes the Number One target. Next year he'll be in a stronger position and will make more money than VJ again. Who will probably end up holding out again, or signing for way less than he's worth as a result. Talk about a meathead. He claims he doesn't want to risk injury, but missing 10 games is missing more than the majority of non-serious injuries. He's not going to get paid more than 3 million again for at least 3 years. (Next year no one will sign an aging rusty reciever with off field problems, look at Santonio Holmes, superbowl mvp thats worth a 6 round pick).

Anonymous said... Jun 17, 2010, 2:27:00 PM

Hope both sides come to an agreement before OTA's. This time away from the Media. I hear Tim Dobbins got two yr contract. It's nice to see someone is getting paid this off season, AJ and Dean.

Lighting 72

Anonymous said... Jun 22, 2010, 11:28:00 AM

Releasing, yet another proven young player. Ellison like Gatrell, Dobins , Cromarti, Michael Turner and list goes on and on. Chargers 13-3 record was in part to experience of #56, #31(Crow), #83(VJ), #21(LT) and #73 all of whom will not be there for the 2010 season. This is very displeasing as a SD fan. The front office new this is my way or the high approach really stinks. How can you trust a team that shows no loyalty for great performers? Prior to off season there was an article that polled NFL players on which team they would like to play for. SD was one of two and I'm sure this is not the case anymore.

If Chargers don't clean up their act I will forfeit my season tickets.

Lighting 72 The fans need to be heard sign VJ.

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