According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers have made it clear to two of their unsigned restricted free agents, tackle Marcus McNeill and wide receiver Vincent Jackson, that their tenders will drop significantly in pay if they still aren’t signed by June 15.
This drop would be a huge loss to both players, as this would allow the Chargers to drop the value of the tender to 110% of the players’ 2009 salary. This would mean that McNeill’s offer would drop from $3.168 million to $600,000. Jackson’s situation would get even worse, as his offer would deteriorate from $3.268 million to $583,000.
As both players continue to hold out in hopes of long-term deals and an exponential growth in their salaries, the Chargers continue to hope that the players can come to their senses and sign their tenders. Despite Jackson’s abilities, the Chargers feel a little more secure offensively after their other starting receiver, Malcolm Floyd, signed his tender yesterday after unsuccessfully holding out for a new contract.
McNeill is expected to sign the tender soon, but still hold out in hopes of receiving a deal. The amount of money he would lose due to holdouts would be nothing compared to the money he would lose if he signed his tender after June 15.
However, Jackson doesn’t appear to be as optimistic about signing his tender. Many expect him to continue to hold out until a contract is worked out. If nothing materializes, he may just sit out the entire season.
We’ll see in a week whether McNeill or Jackson will decide if working hard during OTAs and being a team player are more important than an even more lucrative contract.