The Chargers, according to their general manager, have accepted they will be without two of their best players for the majority, if not all, of the 2010 season.
Tackle Marcus McNeill and wide receiver Vincent Jackson, according to those close to them, are committed to seeing their holdouts through.
The sides have not spoken since mid-June.
A week from today, Chargers veterans will be in their second day of training camp, going through their third and fourth practices. McNeill and Jackson almost certainly won’t be there, unhappy that they’re not getting long-term deals and unwilling to play for one-year contracts that shrank in June from $3 million-plus to around $600,000 apiece.
It must also be pointed out there has been talk about both players sitting out the entire season.
Jackson has been dropping in our rankings for awhile and this news won't help matters. He's at 28 on our board, while teammate Malcom Floyd has risen during the offseason and now stands at 33. Given what's transpiring with Jackson, and the fact he's also suspended for the first three games of the season, Floyd is probably going to end up as the better prospect. This could be a challenging season for Philip Rivers if his number one wide receiver and top pass protector aren't in the lineup, but for now Rivers remains a top-ten fantasy signal caller.