Marcus McNeill, Chargers GM A.J. Smith Meet On Wednesday Night

Chargers LT Marcus McNeill and WR Vincent Jackson have refused to sign their restricted free agent tenders and report to the team. While there hasn't been any significant progress on either side, McNeill and GM A.J. Smith met on Wednesday night to discuss the situation.

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Marcus McNeill, Chargers GM A.J. Smith Meet On Wednesday Night

The Chargers are still waiting on LT Marcus McNeill and WR Vincent Jackson to return to the team after refusing to sign their restricted free agent tenders.

While there hasn't been any significant movement on either side. McNeill and Chargers GM A.J. Smith met on Wednesday night to get an understanding of where they both stood, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Sources said the meeting produced nothing tangible, certainly not a movement toward the long-term deal McNeill desires.

The meeting, according to sources, was requested by McNeill so both sides could get a clearer understanding of where they stood. It was also a statement to the team that McNeill is in lock-step with his agent.

The regular season is merely weeks away and it doesn't appear either side is any closer to signing their reduced restricted free agent tender.

Both players are reportedly willing to sit out at least part of the season.

Check out Bolts from the Blue for more news on the Chargers holdouts.

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NFL Makes Vincent Jackson Suspension Official

The NFL on Monday made the Vincent Jackson suspension official.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported last week that Jackson would be suspended for the first three games of the season. Since Jackson is a restricted free agent who has yet to sign his tender, this actually makes it less likely that he'll sign his tender since he wouldn't be getting paid one way or the other.

Though Jackson has been connected to trade rumors, the Chargers are expected to hang onto him.

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Chargers Are 'Not Actively Shopping' WR Vincent Jackson

Chargers WR Vincent Jackson has been the subject of many trade rumors and reports since he has declined to sign his restricted free agent tender.

Jackson is reportedly willing to sit out the entire 2010 season if he doesn't get a new contract. He has also been suspended for the first three games of the season following two DUI arrests.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chargers are "not actively shopping him nor are they interested in dealing him." Any trade, Schefter reports, is a "long shot."

GM A.J. Smith won't be bullied in this situation and giving into a trade for an unhappy player could set a bad precedent for the Chargers.

Smith has already said that the Chargers will miss Jackson should he choose to hold out the entire season indicating that they don't plan to move him.

At this point, Jackson's options would be to sign the tender and play or sit out.

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Vincent Jackson Suspension Could Be A 'Moot Point' If He Continues Holdout

Chargers WR Vincent Jackson was suspended for three games for violating the league's personal conduct policy following two DUIs.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the suspension may not matter if he continues his planned holdout.

Jackson's suspension could be a moot point, however. He has been planning to not report to the Chargers unless he signs a long-term contract extension that nobody believes is forthcoming.

If the season begins and Jackson has not reported to the team, then he would be suspended for three games that he wouldn't have played in anyway.

Jackson is looking for a new contract and, according to reports, the Chargers are willing to listen to trade offers. The suspension seemingly wouldn't affect trade talks because teams knew some sort of discipline was coming.

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Chargers WR Vincent Jackson Suspended For Three Games

Chargers WR Vincent Jackson has two DUIs on his record as well as knowingly driving with a suspended license.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the NFL has suspended Jackson for three games for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

This discipline meshes with what other players have received for similar offenses. A few years ago, former Chiefs DE Jared Allen received two DUIs and was suspended four games before having it moved to two games.

Jackson is currently an unsigned restricted free agent. He's reportedly willing to sit out the entire 2010 season if he doesn't get a new contract. As of now, he'll be involuntarily sitting out the first three games.

The possibility of the Chargers trading Jackson has been called a "long shot" and now it would even more unlikely considering he's reportedly looking for a new contract similar to the four-year, $47.5 million extension signed by Brandon Marshall. Marshall was traded for two second round picks, which is approximately the market for Jackson so a trade doesn't appear to be in the works despite several teams reportedly being interested.

Jackson will miss two road games against the Chiefs and Seahawks and a home game against the Jaguars. If the suspension stands at three games, he'll return for week four against the Cardinals.

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Vincent Jackson Working Out With Donovan McNabb In Phoenix

The Redskins are one of several teams said to be interested in acquiring Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson. So, the fact that Vincent Jackson is making a first-time appearance at the Arizona location where new Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb makes a habit of conducting offseason workouts is bound to spur a little more speculation about the Redskins being the likely trading partner with San Diego for Jackson's services.

The report comes from NFL Network's Steve Wyche, who cautions against reading way too far into the matter. After all, players of different teams work out together all the time. That Jackson is away from Chargers pre-camp workouts is part of his effort to work a long-term deal out of the club. It just so happens he may have ended up training with a future teammates in the meantime.

That Mike Shanahan also happens to be a fan of Jackson and nearly drafted the receiver when Shanahan was head coach in Denver in 2005 make Washington seem increasingly more likely. But at this point, it's far from a certainty.

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Conflicting Reports On The Bears Interest In Chargers WR Vincent Jackson

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday morning that the Bears were one of a few teams interested in the services of Chargers WR Vincent Jackson. Schefter characterized a possible trade as a "long shot" but the Chicago Tribune denies the Bears have interest.

A source familiar with the Bears' thinking told the Tribune on Wednesday the team has no plans to pursue a trade for Jackson at this time. Strings attached to Jackson -- compensation and a new contract -- are factors the Bears do not want to burden themselves with a month before training camp.

The Bears gave up a ton of high picks for Jay Cutler so the idea that they don't want to give up a first round pick or two second round picks for Jackson makes sense.

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Bears Are Also Interested In Chargers WR Vincent Jackson But Trade 'Still A Long Shot'

The Bears are the latest team to be identified as potential suitors for WR Vincent Jackson, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Bears make a lot of sense because they've invested so much in Jay Cutler that they need to do anything they can to make him successful.

Schefter describes the chances of any trade with Jackson as a "long shot" even though he has reportedly stated his willingness to sit out the entire season absent a new contract.

Jackson, who hasn't signed his tender and reported to the Chargers this offseason, reportedly wants a contract that is a slight bump to the four-year, $47.5 million extension signed by Brandon Marshall this offseason.

For more on the Chargers, check out SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue.

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Redskins Are Reportedly Among Several Teams That Are Interested In Chargers WR Vincent Jackson

Last week Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that at least one team called the Chargers regarding the availability of WR Vincent Jackson -- currently a holdout -- and Acee later identified that team as the Seahawks.

We know by now nothing has come of that report but Acee now goes onto to say that there are "several other teams" interested in Jackson.

The Seahawks maintain interest, as do “several other teams,” according to one source. Among those teams, sources said, are the Washington Redskins. It is not known whether the Redskins have spoken to the Chargers regarding Jackson.

The Redskins interest isn't a huge surprise because it would give more credence to the idea that they're in a win-now mode.

Meanwhile, Acee goes on to report that the long-term contract extension Jackson is looking for is in a slight bump to the four-year, $47.5 million extension Brandon Marshall signed with the Dolphins this offseason.

Chargers GM A.J. Smith has publicly expressed a willingness to move on without both players.

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Seahawks Were The Team That Called The Chargers About Vincent Jackson

Earlier this week, Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune said via Twitter that at least one team had called about disgruntled WR Vincent Jackson. After that report, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network suggested the Seahawks could come calling for Jackson at some point.

As it turns out, the Seahawks were the "one team" that had called the Chargers, Acee confirms.

The Seattle Seahawks called the Chargers regarding their disgruntled wideout, but the Chargers were not interested. I am told they will not trade Jackson, but I wish they would. It makes sense. If they believe he's staying out until mid-November, which everyone close to the situation does, why not get a high pick or players and a high pick for him? I don't think the Seahawks are the only team to have called, but I haven't confirmed that.

It makes sense that the Seahawks are interested. They were reportedly interested in Brandon Marshall and there were even rumors for a time that Terrell Owens was an option.

SB Nation's Bolts from the Blue has been adamant from the start that the Chargers won't trade Jackson. A.J. Smith is a tough one, as Bolts from the Blue explains, and he's not about to "lose" to Jackson.

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At Least One Team Has Called About Chargers WR Vincent Jackson

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Tuesday that at least one team had called about unsigned restricted free agent Vincent Jackson.

The Chargers, according to Acee, said "no thanks."

It's unclear if they said no to the idea of trading him or no to the particular package from that one team.

Acee has previously reported Vincent Jackson is willing to sit out the entire year.

For more on the Chargers, check out Bolts from the Blue.

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It's Becoming 'Increasingly Likely' Marcus McNeill And Vincent Jackson Will Sit Out 2010 Season

Veteran Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune writes this morning that the holdout for Marcus McNeill and Vincent Jackson don't appear to be ending anytime soon.

It is increasingly likely that the two players will not sign with the Chargers until after the season’s 10th game. They would come in then because they need six games to earn an accrued season.

Acee writes that it's also possible both could sit out the entire season. He says they can handle the holdout financially through 2010 if need be.

One key issue Acee points out is that the Chargers on Tuesday will reduce their restricted free agent tenders to 110% of their 2009 salary which would result in a loss of about $2.5 million for each player. If they weren't going to play for approximately $3 million in 2010, then they're not going to play for a fraction of that.

The Chargers have gone out and signed an offensive tackle (Tra Thomas) and a receiver (Josh Reed) in their absence. It appears GM A.J. Smith is willing to play hardball.

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Chargers Signing Josh Reed Is Not Vincent Jackson Insurance

The Chargers on Friday signed Josh Reed leading some to wonder if he would be the potential replacement should Vincent Jackson decide to sit out into the regular season because of contract issues.

Josh Reed is not Vincent Jackson and won't be his replacement, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune writes.

Where Malcom Floyd would move up to the No. 1 wideout spot in place of Jackson, Reed is a slot receiver.

Whether Jackson is around or not, Reed is more of a threat to Buster Davis’ playing time and the roster spot of Gary Banks and/or Jeremy Williams.

Tra Thomas -- an offensive tackle signed possibly as insurance in the instance Marcus McNeill goes the same route as Jackson -- did start running with the first team.

For more on the Chargers, check out SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue.

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Chargers Sign WR Josh Reed, Possibly As Vincent Jackson Insurance

The Chargers on Friday agreed to terms with WR Josh Reed.

At first glance, the move appears to be insurance in the instance Vincent Jackson doesn't sign and get into training camp on time. Reports indicate Jackson may be willing to sit out the entire 2010 season if he doesn't get a long-term deal to his liking.

A closer look might reveal that this is GM A.J. Smith's way of playing hardball. He wants to show Jackson he means business and will gladly (OK not gladly) go along without his services the rest of the season.

Coincidentally, Reed was most recently teammates with Terrell Owens in Buffalo. And, no, the Chargers aren't interested in T.O.

I think SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue has it right: "Take that Vincent Jackson."

As insurance for Marcus McNeill -- another holdout similar to Jackson -- the Chargers have already signed Tra Thomas.

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Vincent Jackson Insurance? Don't Count On Terrell Owens

On Thursday Pro Football Talk floated the possibility that the Chargers won't be taking Vincent Jackson's reported holdout seriously until they sign Terrell Owens as insurance. The comment was made in half-jest but PFT later reported that there's nothing happening between the two sides.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune has come in and effectively squashed any thoughts of that happening.

I didn't think it needed to be addressed. Terrell Owens will not be a Charger. End of story.

If GM A.J. Smith isn't willing to play games with Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill, I have a hard time believing he'd sign T.O.

For more on the Chargers, check out SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue.

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GM A.J. Smith Says Chargers Will Prepare For Life After Marcus McNeill, Vincent Jackson

Chargers GM A.J. always chooses his public words "meticulously", writes Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune so what he said yesterday in connection to unsigned restricted free agents Marcus McNeill and Vincent Jackson is sending a message.

“It’s my understanding we have lost the services of both Marcus and Vincent for a considerable length of time,” General Manager A.J. Smith said. “I certainly am taking them at their word. Therefore, I felt it was in our best interest to act quickly and secure a veteran left tackle. Tra is a talented player that brings us a wealth of starting experience. He will be added to the mix, and we will go from there.”

Those words were in response to a question about whether the signing of veteran offensive tackle Tra Thomas was in connection to McNeill's reported threat that he would sit out training camp and possibly the 2010 season.

But how serious is that message?

Thomas struggled last year with the Jaguars and he was reportedly considering retirement. When GM A.J. Smith called his agent to inquire about signing him, Thomas had just returned from a sailing trip down the East Coast. If McNeill does indeed hold out through the season, Brandyn Dombrowski would be a better fit to replace McNeill.

Regardless of how serious this particular message is, Smith wants McNeill and Jackson to know he means business.

For more on the Chargers, check out SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue.

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Marcus McNeill Insurance? Chargers Sign Former Eagles OT Tra Thomas

The Chargers on Wednesday signed longtime Eagles offensive tackle Tra Thomas. The move is being interpreted by some as "McNeill insurance." In other words, just in case Marcus McNeill doesn't sign agree to a contract -- he's reportedly willing to sit out the 2010 season -- by the time training camp and the season rolls around.

Thomas, soon-to-be 36 years old, was the 11th overall pick in the 1998 draft.

He spent part of the 2009 season with the Jaguars -- where he was mainly a backup -- before being released in February.

To see what Chargers fans are saying, check out SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue.

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Chargers LT Marcus McNeil And WR Vincent Jackson Reportedly Willing To Sit Out 2010 Season

The Chargers placed tenders on restricted free agents LT Marcus McNeill and WR Vincent Jackson. Neither player is very happy about it and would like a long-term contract extension.

McNeill's tender is worth $3.268 million while Jackson's is worth $3.168 million. However, after June 15th the team has the option of reducing that number of $600,000 and $583,000, respectively. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune reports the Chargers have sent a letter to each player indicating their plans to reduce their salaries on June 15th.

However, sources said agents for both players recently informed the Chargers that if the letters were sent the team would not see Jackson or McNeill for "some time."

What "some time" means is up for interpretation, but sources familiar with the thinking of McNeill and Jackson said the players are prepared to sit out into the season and even through 2010.

Chargers GM A.J. Smith confirmed that the letters were sent but declined further comment, citing comments he made last month. "I don’t know what they are thinking, and I have no idea when we’ll see them again or if we will ever see them again," Smith said last month. "This I do know: The upcoming season will be on us very soon. Whoever we have as Chargers, we go with. I don’t spend much time speculating on who will be here or when they will be here."

It's only June so this can be taken with a grain of salt. Once each player gets to training camp, they'll be subject to daily fines in excess of $15,000 if they skip.

For more on this potentially volatile situation, check out SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue.

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