Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Yesterday, our favorite Silver Fox went and posted an article that he absolutely didn’t copy the idea of from Wonko. In the article, he said that San Diego Chargers fans should probably prepare for the team to waive/release Left Tackle Marcus McNeill. In addition, he said that the team will try and restructure the contract of longtime DE Luis Castillo, might consider cutting veteran ILB Takeo Spikes and still don’t know if Kris Dielman will ever play again.

As long as Philip Rivers is their quarterback and as long as they’re playing in the AFC West, the Chargers have a shot. I can’t see them missing the playoffs three years in a row in that division, even if Vincent Jackson departs. Their division could be even more pedestrian next season.

“I don’t see any way he’s back [in San Diego]. The Chargers won’t franchise him, they’ve come out and said that,” said Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network. “There’s been acrimony between the two sides over the years and there are too many teams that need receiving help… Somebody is going to give him big bucks.”

The Chargers would have to pay Vincent Jackson a lot of money to use the franchise tag on him — more than $13 million.

The San Diego Chargers had a solid season in 2011, but missed out on a playoff berth. They’ll look to readjust their team by freeing up payroll to pursue options outside of their organization, as they are not expected to bring back lead wide receiver Vincent Jackson.