After deciding to rejoin the San Diego Chargers yesterday, Marcus McNeill and the team can now focus their attention on a new contract extension.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that McNeill’s desire to play football ultimately won out over his stance to holdout for a long-term deal.
Now that McNeill has decided to rejoin the Chargers after he sits out the next three weeks, the door is open for negotiations to begin a new long-term contract. Chargers GM A.J. Smith was reluctant to say anything definitive regarding his intentions to resign McNeill.
“As I have said many times, we have lots to do and lots to think about in the year ahead,” he said. “Due to the uncertainty of what lies ahead for all of us, we are taking things very slowly, and we will move forward with our future plans with great caution.”
The Charger have made it clear that they are not willing to sign Vincent Jackson to a long-term deal but McNeill’s willingness to rejoin the Chargers, despite not getting the contact that he was holding out for, will have a positive influence on the team’s decision to offer him a contract. A new deal could get done in the coming weeks or some time during the season so we’ll have to wait on more details to arise.