Chargers unsigned restricted free agents WR Vincent Jackson and OLT Marcus McNeill are both prepared to sit out the first 10 weeks of the regular season after not receiving long-term contract offers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Neither player planned to sign his one-year tender by Tuesday, when the Chargers were allowed to reduce their offer to 110 percent of the player's 2009 salary. Jackson's 2010 pay would be reduced from $3.268 million to $583,000, while McNeill's would drop from $3.168 million to $600,000. San Diego reportedly told the players' agents that the tenders would not be increased down the line. The agents responded by saying that the players would not be reporting to the squad any time soon.
Frustrated over not being offered long-term deals, both Jackson and McNeill are unlikely to report to the team until after the 10th week of the 2010 season, according to the report. Players need to be on the roster for at least six weeks in order to be credited with an accrued season, which is what each player would need to become an unrestricted free agent in 2011.
Recent signings suggest the Chargers are also prepared to be without Jackson, who had 68 catches for 1,167 yards and nine touchdowns last season, and McNeill, a two-time Pro Bowler, for an extended period. The club last week signed veterans OT Tra Thomas and WR Josh Reed, likely to help fill the expected voids.
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