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Big Question: Can S.D. survive holdouts?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jun 22, 2010.

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    By Bill Williamson
    6-22-2010

    Can the Chargers still be a serious Super Bowl contender without Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill?


    Earlier in this saga, I asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. if he thought San Diego could make a deep playoff run without Jackson and McNeill. Williamson didn’t think so.

    I agree that it would be tough. The AFC is stacked and any team that wants to make a serious run will need its full arsenal of players. Having McNeill and Jackson sitting on their couches on Sundays in the fall certainly won’t make San Diego a better team.

    Still, if those two players really do hold out into November (the current expectation is that both McNeill and Jackson will hold out for the first 10 games of the season unless they unexpectedly get long-term deals), the Chargers will be tremendously challenged. But barring any major injuries, the team could still stay afloat and regroup for the stretch run.

    San Diego (which added tackle Tra Thomas and reserve receiver Josh Reed as insurance for potential holdouts) is pretty loaded on offense. While Jackson is the team’s go-to receiver, quarterback Philip Rivers has plenty of options. He can lean on star tight end Antonio Gates and receivers Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee while Jackson is out. If Thomas is solid and he keeps Rivers upright, the Chargers can maintain. They won’t be as good as they would be with Jackson and McNeill, but, yes, they can survive.

    San Diego plays only two teams (Arizona and New England) that made the playoffs in 2009 during the first 10 games of the season. Five of San Diego’s first 10 games are against teams that had losing records last season.

    So, it’s manageable. Playing without Jackson and McNeill for the majority of the season is certainly not ideal, but it may not be devastating to San Diego, either.
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    Could Chargers solve issues with trades?

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    By Bill Williamson
    6-22-2010

    There are only a few outcomes possible in the Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill situations in San Diego.

    The two could report for training camp despite letting the deadline pass for restricted free agents to sign their tenders before teams can lower their 2010 salaries, which San Diego did. That won’t happen.

    They could sit out for the first 10 games of the season before returning to salvage an accrued season if they don’t get a long-term contract. That seems likely because the chances of working out a long-term deal with the club appear remote.

    They could get huge one-year deals to help San Diego in 2010 and delay the long-term talks. That’s highly doubtful considering the hard ball San Diego general manager A.J. Smith has been playing.

    Or they could be traded. Now, that’s an interesting possibility. I don’t think that idea will be broached right away, but if the holdouts begin and situations get uglier, trades could be solid last-resort options.

    The NFL Network speculated that Seattle could be interested in Jackson if the Chargers got to the point of dealing him. It makes sense. The Seahawks tried to acquire Brandon Marshall. He ended up going to Miami for two second-round picks. The price tag for Jackson would likely be in that neighborhood.

    I’m sure there would be takers for McNeill as well if San Diego put him on the market. Again, this could be a decent way out for San Diego down the road. But I don’t think the Chargers will consider this until they appear to be out of other options.

    Ideally, San Diego will work everything out with these two players without much damage. If not, a trade could be an acceptable conclusion.
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