Should the Falcons sign Marcus McNeill?

San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Marcus McNeill (73) is loaded onto a cart after being injured in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders in an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Marcus McNeill (73) is loaded onto a cart after being injured in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders in an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Should the Falcons pursue left tackle Marcus McNeill if he is waived by the San Diego Chargers?

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported the McNeill, who played at Cedar Grove High and Auburn, is expected to be waived by the Chargers in March over health concerns about his neck.

For one, they will likely clear the books of $10 million by waiving left tackle Marcus McNeill. McNeill has to be cleared by a team doctor by the third day of the new league year, which begins March 13, or his 2012 salary is not guaranteed. McNeill is not expected to get a clean bill of health from the Chargers.

When healthy, McNeill has been one of the best left tackles in the league. He’s been selected to two Pro Bowls.

One of the Falcons’ main objectives is to improve their offensive line this offseason. Will Svitek and Sam Baker started games at left tackle last season.

The Falcons have medically passed players with neck concerns in the past. Kevin Mathis, Coy Wire and Kelvin Hayden have all been cleared by the Falcons after suffering neck injuries.

Last season, six teams flunked Hayden before the Falcons cleared him and he signed a one-year deal. He ended the season on injured reserve with a dislocated/turf toe.

McNeil, who turned 28 in November, is massive at 6-foot-7 and 336 pounds. His neck and back injuries have led to him playing in just 20 of 32 games over the past two seasons.

Over the first four seasons in the league, McNeill started 62 out of a possible 64 games. He was selected in the second round (50th overall) of the 2006 NFL draft.

The Falcons’ athletic performance staff will have to make sure McNeil is healthy and then try to get a functional movement screen on him. There might be a simple weight or muscle imbalance that can be corrected to alleviate his neck and spine issues.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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248 comments Add your comment

Judy

February 8th, 2012
3:29 pm

I agreed on Carl Nicks

Joshua Malavenda

February 8th, 2012
3:31 pm

Ricky-I had a feeling they were going to do that.I think that is a good move his loud mouth can motivate our players and he is familar with nolan and what nolan exspects. I think crowder has lackluster stats but at the worse he can add some extra depth and add some leadership to a young lb crew plus we get him at a discount. its a win/ win for us

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
3:37 pm

falcons free agents they would like bring back is curtis lofton or brent grimes it comes down two who gets franchised by falcons are saying there,s a change that james sanders s and mike cox rb and kevin hayden cb de ray edwards might be coming back next year falcons did sign robert mcclain cb and fromer panther and they singed cory adams fromer cowboy lb its on ajc its on falcons roster page

Foul-can

February 8th, 2012
3:45 pm

DLed stop asking dumb questions

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
3:45 pm

from ricky i tell you the players that i dont really care for rb mike peterson or sam baker t or kirk chambers t mike cox rb i hope they dont bring him back he came out of georgia tech or thomas decoud s but its good see that falcons players that are not unlikely ywo return is mike peterson rb sam baker t kirk chambers t harry douglas wr reggie kelly te he did not play like he should have this past season he stayed hurt all the time and im glad that ovie mughelli is unlikely two return brent romberg is unlikely two return joe zelenka te unlikely two return

Joshua Malavenda

February 8th, 2012
3:49 pm

I wish we could get nicks but the aints will resign him.
The falcons will keep edwards and lofton , sanders, and mike cox, douglass, Bierman but I think they will let grimes mcclure walk and maybe even abs if he wont take a pay cut.

PlanB

February 8th, 2012
3:53 pm

Why would San Diego let McNeill go if he is that good and he is healthy. They have doctors too. No more injured players please. We have a LT with back problems. He lost his starting job because of it.
I hope Carl Nicks will be leaving NO but don’t think we can pay $8 million/yr plus for him. If so, why wouldn’t we pay the $4 million/yr for 4 years to Harvey Dahl that St. Louis paid him last year? I don’t know the answer, but we need a good OL. Blalock $6 mil/yr, Clabo $5 mil/yr I don’t think we can pay for the best at every OL position but could probably get some really solid young proven men in FA for a reasonable price and use what few draft picks we have on the DL and TE. Too bad we let a good one get away. We’ll probably pay more than Dahl’s $4 million to replace him. We’ll probably make the same mistake with Grimes. If we let him go and coverage kills us we will be looking and having to pay big bucks for his replacement. Hopefully Franks and Owens have gotten enough experience to do the job.
Why not let Weems go and let Franks return P’s & KO’s?

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
3:56 pm

falcons have weapons like robert mcclain fromer panther cory adams lb fromer cowboy drew davis wr dunta robinson ray ray edwards de matt ryan qb tony gonzalez te brent grimes cb sean weatherspoon lb akeem dent roddy white wr john parker wilson qb from bama jolly kyle t fromer charger jacquizz robinson cb julio jones rb from alabama micheal turner rb darrin walls cb from notre dame scott albritton c from tamabay bucs sueesc tumaune lb tommy gallarda te and now all we need channing crowder from florida

Joshua Malavenda

February 8th, 2012
4:04 pm

Bierman could be resigned for a year to see how he does at being a sitatuional blizing lb similar to clay matthews. . Nolan said he wanted to play a hybrid 4-3 so that would fit into the scheme perfectly. He played olb in college so he is familar with the postion and you could still play him in the de roatation also. If you let douglass walk the wr postion is very thin if you look past the starting three plus roddy is getting up their in age so letting douglass walk wouldnt be a good idea.

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
4:04 pm

from ricky but falcons fans you mit not like this falcons resigned matt hansen s signed robert mcclain fromer panther cory adams fromer cowboy tommy gallarda te ryan winterswke te scott albritton fromer bucs player tony gonzalez te drew davis wr fromer bulldog jolly kyle fromer charger

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
4:07 pm

from ricky i cant wait two see if channing crowder joins falcons since mike peterson is unlikely two return next year

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
4:11 pm

from ricky falcons have tough decsion two make on brent grimes curtis lofton john abraham mike cox thomas decoud dt vance walker from georgia tech antone smith rb kevin hayden cb

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
4:13 pm

from ricky im happy that ray edwards is not being let go by falcons that would be huge loss two the team

robertussen

February 8th, 2012
4:14 pm

depends on the price

AlanFalcon

February 8th, 2012
4:15 pm

Sign him to a performance based contract, bet he would not take it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AlanFalcon

February 8th, 2012
4:16 pm

ricky neal, go get a job !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
4:31 pm

from ricky 1 falcons singning it did not like was matt hansen saftey

PMC

February 8th, 2012
4:33 pm

They did draft several players and had a few they thought they could replace Dahl with for less money.. Um, it didn’t work out.

Mike Johnson couldn’t beat out Garrett Reynolds when he was healthy. Garrett Reynolds lasted one game, Baker didn’t work anywhere, Hawley……yeah, it just didn’t work out. and there was the practice squad guy that hung around for a couple of years but he’s gone now too.

I am interested to see what Pat Hill does with Andrew Jackson.

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
4:36 pm

from ricky im glad singed robert mcclain fromer pather tony gonzalez cory adams lb fromer cowboy

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
4:38 pm

from ricky what do think falcons will do with andrew jackson

Roger

February 8th, 2012
4:41 pm

THE INFAMOUS DK & maybe ORLANDO too. It’s Sanford and Son, you idiot!

TRIGG

February 8th, 2012
4:42 pm

HELL NO!!!! Want stay healthy

tt44

February 8th, 2012
4:44 pm

the way the Falcons luck goes…he would get re injured again, and then what would we do…only if he would sign a significantly reduced contract!

bobby

February 8th, 2012
4:46 pm

MR. LEDBETTER

WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THAT OF COURSE THEY SHOULD ADD MARCUS MCNEIL IF HE IS HEALTHY. THE FALCONS HAVE NO LEFT TACKLE WORTH A PENNY AND THIS GUY HAS PLAYED HIS TAIL OFF IN HIS CAREER AND MADE TWO PRO BOWLS THE FALCONS AT LEFT TACKLE IS REALLY BAD MR. LEDBETTER THEY NEED A SERIOUS UPGRADGE AT THAT AREA ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE.

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
4:46 pm

falcons players unlikey two return is kirk chambers mike peterson sam baker joe zelenka harry douglas reggie kelly kory biemann ovie mughelli and now falcons wait on brent grimes and curtis lofton two see what decsion they make on 2 free agents

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
4:48 pm

from ricky and now we wait two see if channing crowder lb joing the atlanta falcons

PMC

February 8th, 2012
4:50 pm

Definately can’t afford another Ed Hurtwell.

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
4:50 pm

from ricky we wait two see if john abraham is resigned

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
4:54 pm

from ricky i cant see what robert mcclain cb can do for falcons next september and i cant wait two see how cory adams fromer cowboy does next september

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
4:56 pm

from ricky i watched channing crowder whan played for florida gators he was a good player he mit falcons a championship tean next september

MaxxFalcon

February 8th, 2012
5:13 pm

If he doesn’t command a Dunta-sized contract, the answer is YES! Why wouldn’t you want to see if you can give a franchise LT a fresh start if he’s healthy? This guy is still young! Come home Marcus!

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
5:17 pm

from ricky i hear that lawrence sidbury days in for informe may be numbered

PlanB

February 8th, 2012
5:21 pm

I read an article on Grubbs and Nicks. It said Grubbs would probably be the best pick for Atlanta. Just a little smaller than Nicks but should be for less money.

Here is something to ponder. What if we could trade RW for a good DL, OL or draft pick. Keep HD as a #2 WR. Money saver there. Something to kick around.

I like the idea of keeping Bierman as rotational DE while using him in the hybrid 3-4.

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
5:26 pm

from ricky i hear falcons aren,t for share if there brining back william moore they said he get lost in mix plays

MG

February 8th, 2012
5:29 pm

I loved Sanford & Son…
Sincerely,
Lamont’s friend Rollo

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
5:34 pm

falcons players i hope that do not bring back is william moore kory biemann mike peterson joe zelenka reggie kelly ovie mughelli unlikely two return mike cox i hope falcons do not keep him james sanders harry douglas lawrence sidbury sam baker from usc

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
5:37 pm

from ricky ha falcons what are changes do think falcons will bring back harry douglas sam baker james sanders mike peterson his unlikely two return joe zelenka reggie kelly ovie mughelli lawrence sidbury william moore mike cox kory biermann

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
5:39 pm

from ricky do you think falcons should bring back william moore lawrence sidbury mike cox vance walker from georgia teach and will falcons bring back brent grimes and curtis lofton

Ryan

February 8th, 2012
5:46 pm

Why give a ton of money to a player that is injury prone? We might as stick with Sam Baker.

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
5:47 pm

my favorite players falcons have now is micheal turner matt ryan robert mcclain fromer panther cory adams fromer cowboy john parker wilson dunta robinson ray edwards sean weatherspoon brent grimes juilo jones rb drew davis wr jacquizz robinson darrin walls from notre dame roddy white tony gonalez te akkem dent his from georgia

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
5:48 pm

from ricky this was kffl falcons have said his unlikely two return sam baker

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
5:53 pm

from ricky ha falcons what do you think about weapons falcons have now with micheal turner matt ryan robert mcclain fromer panther julio jones ray edwards cory adams fromer cowboy sean weatherspoon dunta robinson darrin walls brent grimes drew davis curtis lofton roddy white tony gonalez jacquizz robinson akeem dent from georgia

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
5:55 pm

falcons need one more weapon channing crowder lb from florida

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
5:56 pm

from ricky we got got john parker wilson too

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
5:59 pm

from ricky 2 weapons for falcons scott albritton from tampabay

Question

February 8th, 2012
6:00 pm

Wasn’t Sam Baker and Peria Jerry also known as injury prone?

To the question above:

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
6:05 pm

from ricky 1 player that falcons should not singed was matt hansen salftey that bad move for the team

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
6:25 pm

from ricky neal ha im behind you all the way falcons fans i hate two tell you this but if you go two kffl and falcons news it says jason snelling headed elsewhere falcons are loseing alot of players jason snelling brent romberg kirk chambers mike peterson sam baker reggie kelly ovie mughelli william moore harry douglas joe zelenka possible they mit bring back kory biermann and james sanders qb chris redmon vance walker but 2 players that atlanta falcons are worried about brent grimes curtis lofton

ricky neal

February 8th, 2012
6:33 pm

from ricky there change falcons are loseing jason snelling sam baker joe zelenka reggie kelly ovie mughelli brent romberg william moore possbile kirk chambers mike peterson possbile lawrence sidbury harry douglas todd mcclure wants two come back two falcons but there having wait see about brent crimes and curtis lofton

TD has no clue!

February 8th, 2012
6:36 pm

Don’t we have enough often injured players?