First the refusal to offer long term contracts to their pair of Pro Bowl restricted free agents led to both Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill promising to hold out for the entire season.
Now their backup plan to the McNeill holdout issue has reportedly called it quits before he even straps it up for a regular season game.
Citing displeasure in his level of play, former Philadelphia Eagles first round pick Tra Thomas is retiring from football after a very productive 11-year career.
Here are some quotes from Thomas on his decision:
“I was just watching film and I don’t think I was playing as well in practice as I should be. If I’m not playing well in practice, I’m not going to play up to my standard in a game … I feel very good about the decision. I ‘m going out on my own terms. At least, I know I gave it everything I could.”
“I could have milked it for a year, but I have too much respect for the game to do that.”
Now that Thomas has called it quits and with no end in sight to McNeills’ holdout, second year tackle Brandyn Dombrowski will man the uber important position of protecting the quarterbacks blindside for now.