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Chargers play more hardball with holdouts

Posted on: August 13, 2010 8:40 pm
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Posted by Andy Benoit

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill both plan to sit out the 2010 season. But, just in case they change their minds and decide to play the minimum six games (which would earn them an accredited season), Chargers GM A.J. Smith has flexed some muscle in that realm.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune writes:

League sources said Friday that Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill have received letters informing them of the Chargers' intentions to place them on the Roster Exempt List if they do not sign their tenders by Aug. 20.

A player on the Roster Exempt List is ineligible to play for three games following the day he signs. The Chargers used the tactic with tight end Antonio Gates to end his 2005 holdout.

This forces Jackson and McNeill to sign their RFA tenders three weeks earlier than Week 10 in order to make 2010 an accredited season.

Thus, the Chargers would have the players for three additional weeks of practice.

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