Marcus McNeill Caves, Signs Tender, Reports to Chargers
San Diego offensive left tackle Marcus McNeill ended his contract holdout Saturday, signing his one-year, $630,000, restricted free-agent tender and reporting to the team, according to multiple news services.
As a holdout, McNeill was placed on the team's "Did Not Report" list for training camp, allowing the Chargers to receive a roster exemption for his spot. As such, he will not be eligible to play until Week 7 when San Diego plays host to New England.
McNeil and wide receiver Vincent Jackson, both Pro Bowlers, had boycotted all things Chargers since receiving their RFA tenders in February and had their one-year offers reduced after a deadline to sign passed in June. McNeill had held out, hoping to land a long-term contract extension, while Jackson's agent has been shopping for potential trade partners.
The Chargers lost their season opener at Kansas City, but bounced back last week to defeat Jacksonville at home, 38-14. McNeill has been replaced in the starting lineup by Brandyn Dombrowski, a former practice squad player who played both right guard and right tackle last season but had to make a switch to left tackle in 2010 to protect the blindside of quarterback Philip Rivers.
Through two games, Dombrowski had not surrendered a sack.