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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ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
1:49 am

falcons are commited with vance walker but you wont belive this mike johnson for falcons is up for grabs and andrew jackson

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
1:51 am

few more and andrew jackson and mike johnson could be come free agents

fansince74

February 9th, 2012
9:49 am

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:00 pm

from great news falcons fans according two pff clabo had a really good year i know it seemed like he was beat more than in the past but still above average mcclure also had a fine year the promble is rg/lt looks like andrew jackson will get a look at rg this season along with mike johnson and reynolds he may have a leg up on the compitetion going into preseason because he knows how pat hill the new o-line coordinator operates and was a pupil of hill,sat fresno state whom pat thinks very highly of and i do belive that we will go out get a left tackle now that i think about it because we don,t have enough depth at that postion but i see baker and svitek going at it with a third guy battle from gf fa for that lt spot

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:02 pm

from ricky great news andrew jackson is taking tyson clabo spot this coming up september 2012 tyson clabo maybe gone by march 13th whan free agency starts

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:04 pm

well falcons it looks like andrew jackson is remaning with the falcons after all

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:05 pm

im sorry falcons fans if i was wrong about andrew jackson

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:10 pm

tell you falcons fans i was not crazy about tyson clabo or peria jerry or chris redmon brent romberg ovie mughelli joe zelenka jason snelling mike peterson sam barker but i hope they keep brent grimes and curtis lofton and im not crazy about reggie kelly

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:16 pm

from ricky now falcons free agents will be tyson clabo brent romberg mike cox mike pterson reggie kelly brent grimes curtis lofton qb chris redmon harry douglas antone smith sam baker kirk chambers maybe vance walker john abraham joe zelenka todd mcclure micheal palmer james sanders jason snelling kory biermann

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:17 pm

falcons will end up losing mike peterson with channing crowder possblie coming two falcons

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:19 pm

with falcons unlikely not resigning mike peterson back next year espn coniformed that

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:21 pm

with mike peterson turning 35

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:28 pm

from ricky falcons what you think falcons will do now with tyson clabo kevin hayden brent romberg mike peterson mike cox reggie kelly sam baker qb chris redmon harry douglas curtis lofton kirk chambers jason snelling rb antone smith brent grimes james sanders john abraham micheal palmer kory biermann joe zelenka

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:31 pm

list unlikely two be returning reggie kelly sam baker mike peterson kirk chambers jason snelling joe zelenka brent romberg tyson clabo harry douglas antone smith

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:55 pm

from ricky they have it reported on yahoo sports that falcons still have interested in channing crowder and will keep in touch with him and most certainly check out crowder

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:56 pm

they reported 6 min ago on yahoo sports

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:56 pm

sounds like mike peterson is not coming back next year

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
9:58 pm

falcons said it was unlikely he was not going two resigned back

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
10:11 pm

falcons fans go two buzztap.com falcons buzz its showing will falcons use francish tag, its look like its going curtis lofton verdict -10./. chance he gets tag falcons 20 million in cap space 60 percent chance brent grimes gets tag

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
10:53 pm

falcons fans im worried about this ideal of the falcons if they resign brent grimes we will only have 20 million in salary cap i just they bring back curtis lofton

ricky neal

February 9th, 2012
10:54 pm

but falcons are saying if brent grimes leaves will get few draft picks in return

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
12:22 am

falcons have 8 to 10 free agents try two resign assuming that brent grimes and john abraham will not be singed curtis lofton will be the number priority to resign here are some players who would fill in some holes the falcons will have but might not cost a boat load of money keep in mind this list might feature qualtity since they also need depth at postion free agent signing jeremy zuttah tampabay anthony bengals colling brandon carr cb kansas city terrell thomas cb new york giants mark anderson de jacksonville mario williams cliff avril sigining one de who is younger and provide same production would fill in void with abe potentially leaving and the coaches not wanting turn over to resigns lawrence sidbury i just read it on falcoholic

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
1:03 am

falcons fans think about how much money brent grimes will be asking for i know falcons how every much money he ask for from falcons i would rarther sign curtis lofton back

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
1:05 am

from ricky good think curtis lofton comes first before brent grimes this off season

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
1:07 am

im glad coach smithy saying loston comes first before brent grimes this off season

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
1:08 am

i like curtis lofton his my favorite player and my other favorite channing crowder from florida

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
1:33 am

ha falcons your not going two belive this mike peterson is about turn 36 soon im glad his unlikely two be resign by falcons and falcons still have in channing crowder as of toinght and they will be checking him in coming weeks and hill be working out i cant wait till march 13th two see falcons sign channing crowder my room in cloumbes ga is done in georgia bulls i have georgia bulldogs covers pillows georgia bulldogs book a calender of georgia bulldogs and i have florida gators neckless

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
1:35 am

falcons still have interested in channing crowder falcons head coach smithy has not change his mind at all

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
1:35 pm

falcons free agents tyson clabo vince walker mike peterson soon two be 36 jason snelling rb john abraham thomas decoud harry douglas qb chris redmon antone smith micheal palmer eric weems reggie kelly brent romberg kirt chambers todd mcclure curtis lofton rb brent grimes kevin hayden james sanders joe zelenka

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
1:38 pm

from ricky i belive these players they not unlikely bring back reggie kelly mike peterson soon be 36 brent romberg kirk chambers jason snelling could headed also where tyson clabo harry douglas joe zelenka

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
1:39 pm

with them players unlikely come back that would give falcons give them more money

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
1:41 pm

falcons will have 108 under salary cap

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
3:08 pm

ha falcons you will not belive this you know that john abraham is turning 34 real soon

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
3:16 pm

john abraham football carreer maybe winding down falcons he will need take big pay check stay with falcons i remeber a few years back whan he played for the jets

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
3:19 pm

i remeber falcons pick him up from jets wavied him his been playing football for a long time

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
3:29 pm

john abraham his one heck of a good player if does not return two falcons he will be missed on the team

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
3:32 pm

i just two john abraham if you dont return the falcons after march 13 from me and from all my falcons fans we want two thank you for the memories

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
3:32 pm

that you brought the atlanta falcons

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
3:35 pm

its been honor two watch you play for the atlannta falcons in 2011 trought 2012

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
3:38 pm

its been great honor two watch you play for the atlanta falcons we hope you return but if you dont return thank john abraham for the you gave are fans and the atlanta falcons

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
3:40 pm

john abraham i hope you come back two atlanta falcons on march 13th but if you dont return thank from me and all my falcons fans and for the memories you gave us in atlanta

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
3:46 pm

from ricky two mike peterson me and falcons fans hear falcons are unlikely two resign you this off season we want two say thank for the memories that you gave us and the falcons fans its beean great hornor two watch you play this past year thank mike peterson where going two miss you and miss not getting watch you play next year where you wind up on a good team next year

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
3:48 pm

and mike peterson you did real good this past year it wont be the same with out not being on the team we want wish best your further we wish you the best in your carrer

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
3:50 pm

thank for memories mike peterson two me my falcons fans where going two miss you alot its been honor watch you running in all them games and agaist the saints this past season thanking mike

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
5:21 pm

ha falcons fans you got two see this on nfl trade rumors its talks about curtis lofton does falcons move him new postion or does sean weatherspoon take over for lofton

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
5:22 pm

or will curtis lofton hit the free agent open market

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
5:23 pm

mike nolan watched game film on curtis lofton and was not happy about what he saw out of curtis lofton this year

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
5:25 pm

falcons have two try resign him or let him hit the free agent market

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
5:28 pm

and mike nolan is removing curtis lofton out the teams sub third – down coverage schemes

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
5:30 pm

curtis lofton is 20th best players on free agent list