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Big Question: Will A.J. Smith cave?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Expect Chargers general manager A.J. Smith to play hardball with holdouts Marcus McNeill and Vincent Jackson.

    ESPN
    By Bill Williamson
    6-29-2010

    San Diego's Marcus McNeill and Vincent Jackson may stage contract holdouts. Is there a chance San Diego general manager A.J. Smith will cave in and give the two players new contracts to avoid the holdouts?

    Let’s get to the meat of this quickly. I don’t see any chance that Smith will give in to these two guys.

    I think that is the big reason why there is such a dire feel here. I believe everyone involved realizes that Smith is ready to play hardball.

    This is a man who doesn’t blink.

    If we get to early September and McNeill, a standout left tackle, and Jackson, a Pro Bowl receiver, are still staying away, Smith will simply move forward.

    Jackson is well aware that Smith is entrenched and knows if he does stay away from the team (which he plans to do) Smith will be ready for a fight.

    There is little chance Smith will give McNeill and Jackson new contracts before training camp to avoid this mess. His stance: If these players don’t want to play for him, he doesn’t want them to play for him.

    That’s why he signed Tra Thomas as insurance for a McNeill holdout and Josh Reed as insurance for a Jackson holdout. That’s why when McNeill and Jackson didn’t sign their restricted free-agency tenders by the deadline, Smith said things like “we lost two players today.” He acted as if McNeill and Smith left the league. And if they hold out, they might as well leave the league as far as Smith is concerned.

    Smith is a calculated, smart man who is not going to be bullied. He is going to fight his fight.

    So, if you think Smith will cave, think again. It won’t happen.
     
  2. ntman68

    ntman68 Well-Known Member

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    He is right, so he shouldn't cave. I also agree with the sentiment that if you don't want to be here, I don't want you here.
     
  3. RipTheJacker

    RipTheJacker Well-Known Member

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    John Wayne cave?? Never gonna happen
     
  4. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    The Chargers shouldn't bend for these guy's. Can they assign them to a did not sign/did not report list to keep them away from the team once the season starts?

    Two years is a long time to be away from the game if there is a lockout next year. I guess they could always go play in the UFL or CFL.
     
  5. The LBC

    The LBC I'm a Real Prick

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    I've been wondering something similar. Or rather, with regard to V-Jax... though it would probably murder the relationship with him beyond repair... but I believe the team is still within it's rights to issue it's own suspension (separate and not necessarily concurrent from/with the one issued by the league) for conduct detrimental to the team for Jackson's repeated DUI, and under league rules that CDttT suspension can be as many as 4 games. That said, it would be a fairly obvious move to prevent the player from accruing his "year of service"... though if he's physically able to play, has been tendered the highest possible tender shy of getting a new lucrative contract, and voluntarily sits out until the absolute last possible moment, I don't really consider that "service" on par with the spirit of the rules. It would surely be something that would be appealed by the player's union, but then again, maybe something like this needs to be.
     
  6. 17Rocks

    17Rocks Well-Known Member

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    I heard AJ is coming out with his own brand of toilet paper... Its rough and tough and doesn't take shiit off of anyone...:icon_eek:
     
  7. Ray Dahayder

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    I love how these "me-first" players want to ditch their team mates for most of the season, but then come in for the last six games so they can count this season.

    Pure selfishness. The Chargers took a chance on both of these guys and this is how you repay the team that has treated you well.

    Jackson is looking for over $750,000 PER GAME. Yeah, he's worth it. That's almost twice the salary of the United States president's YEARLY salary.
     
  8. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    This question keeps popping up and yet AJ Smith has not caved versus anyone; not Drew Brees, Not LT, Not Hannik Milligan or Antonio Gates or Shawne Merriman

    Why is it thought he would now?
     
  9. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

    Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan Well-Known Member

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    Yes, but to paraphrase a famous joke : Jackson had a better year. :lol:
     
  10. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    if these players want to come back before the season starts then AJ should cave and give them the full amount of the tender (3mil +), other than that no

    I'd love it if AJ made an offer like "first one to sign gets his full tender plus the full tender of the other guy, to the other guy...see you in week 11"
     
  11. Kwak

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    Will Pigs fly?

    Will hell freeze over?

    Will *** ever be back at BT?
     
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  12. Johnny Lightning

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  13. foober

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    I think we all should know what a.j. is doing by now. He'll wait for how long it takes for things to fall into place .:yes:
     

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