A diversion has been created from the ugliness that we were given on Sunday afternoon. The Chargers reached an agreement with LT Marcus McNeill on a 5 year contract extension. Big Mac will now be with the franchise till 2015.
McNeill was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2006 NFL Draft and played college football for Auburn University. He is a 2x Pro Bowl Selection and is regarded as one of the best at his position.
McNeill will return this week against the St. Louis Rams and will be the starter protecting the blind side of QB Philip Rivers. The Chargers offensive line has just been upgraded with the return of the pro bowler. Kris Dielman and Nick Hardwick are also pro bowl players playing for the offensive line. Rivers should enjoy a little extra time to throw the deep ball with his return and the running backs Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert should enjoy a little extra space to run through.
Brandyn Dombrowski filled in for McNeill while he was holding out and night be sliding over to the right side of the line. Jeromey Clary is the starter on the right side of the line and there is a possibility that Dombo challenges him for the starting position. Both Dombo and Clary were beaten in the game against the Oakland Raiders and allowed a sack which turned into critical fumbles.
We welcome the big man back onto the squad and this explosive offense just got a little better with his return. I am sure that the rest of the team will enjoy him being back to provide some leadership and pro bowl ability.
Vincent Jackson is the only player that is not signed for the San Diego Chargers and it is probable that he will sit out the whole season. He is not satisfied with his contract offer at this point and feels that he is better served by sitting out the season.