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Charger Release LT McNeil


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McNeill had proven to be one of the league's more durable left tackles before signing a six-year, $48.9 million extension in October 2010, but has been plagued by injury ever since, appearing in just 20 of a possible 32 games the past two seasons. He underwent two knee surgeries last offseason before a neck ailment sent him to injured reserve in November. It made no sense for the Bolts to pay his $10.5 million 2012 salary after waivers acquisition Jared Gaither fared surprisingly well in McNeill's absence. Now a free agent, re-signing Gaither figures to be a priority for the Chargers.

It really is amazing how meaningless the total numbers of NFL contracts are...McNeil was on yea 2 or 3 of a 6 year/48 million deal IIRC.

I think he had some special injury clause that most don't have otherwise he would still be there. Half that contract was "guaranteed" allegedly but it would seem SD had a way out of it that saves cap room rather than adding to it.

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The problem with Brick is (and the point of most of the debates) is that you didn't need to blow a very high draft pick to get an imperfect tackle. Both Brick (average run blocker) and McNeil (Bad back) were imperfect but we could have addressed the QB (Cutler) / DT (Ngata) spot with our pick and then grabbed McNeil since we had Chadwick Suckington at the time. Bricks knock was that he was average in the run game (which is 1000% true) and you don't really want to lay out big cash/waste high draft pick on lineman who doesn't excel at all duties when you can pick up that type later for less money.

As it turned out we got Mangold with our 2nd first but we traded out of the 2nd round when we needed a RB and Ray Rice was there for the pickings with our 2nd rounder. It was also the draft that featured the infamous boar hunter Anthony Schlegel. Tanny sh*t his pants and paniced because someone traded up and took a player we were eyeing for our 3rd rounder. That whole draft pissed me off and started me down the road of Tanny hate.

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D'Brick was a consensus top 5 (sometimes top 3) prospect in what was a loaded first round. He was considered an elite pass protecting prospect. Actually, Matt Kalil is a lot like him as a prospect. Just a guy quietly and confidently slotted in the top 5 players in his draft. Hell, if D'Brick came out for '05 as a junior he probably goes top 5 still. Flawed prospect yes but his skill and project ability as a prospect were as good as you could find for a LT.

D'Brick's probably the best pass blocker in the league when he's going...which he wasn't so much last year.

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