Long holdouts almost certain in San Diego

The battle lines have been drawn in San Diego.

Marcus McNeill and Vincent Jackson did not sign their restricted free agent tenders by the deadline and the team will reduce their salaries Tuesday. The San Diego Union Tribune reports there is a slight chance one of the two players could relent Tuesday and the parties can come to an 11th hour accord. But that seems unlikely.

It seems that Jackson and McNeill are going to be out for while. They could stay out until the 10th week of the season and then report to get an accrued season. I know, at least in Jackson’s case, he is very comfortable with the idea of sitting out for a long time.

While things do look dire, remember, it is only June and things can change. But, on the other hand, both sides appear dug in.

Jackson and McNeill are said to be prepared for a long holdout. And we all know San Diego general manager A.J. Smith is not one to cave. He’s already signed tackle Tra Thomas and receiver Josh Reed as insurance for the holdouts.

It certainly could get ugly in San Diego and the Chargers’ Super Bowl chances could be affected. There’s no doubt San Diego is not nearly as powerful on offense without these two stars.

But it now seems like the Chargers are going to have to live with the possibility of playing a large chunk of the season without McNeill and Jackson.