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 10th, 2012
5:43 pm

and what are saying about curtis his good whan it comes two running game but he gets lost passing coveage

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
5:45 pm

they saying that his good whan it come running game but hs not good passing coveage

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
5:59 pm

falcons can offer a deal 5 or 6 million dollars this off season

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
6:05 pm

they are saying they resign curtis lofton he will be two nickel back postion

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
6:09 pm

new defensive coordinator mike nolan plans two remove mlb curtis lofton from nickel packages if the falcons re-sign the free agent

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
6:11 pm

if they are taking lofton out of nickle packages that will greatly affect his contract negotiations

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
6:40 pm

roto world has it reported new defensive coordinator mike nolan reportedlt plans to remove mlb curtis lofton from nickel packages if the falcons re-sign the free agent it sounds like nolan wasn,t pleased with what lofton put on tape as a cover man linebacker in 2011 len pasquarelli of the sports x change does confirm that re-signing lofton is a priority for the falcons whose run defense collapsed down the stretch pasquarelli suggests wlb sean weatherspoon playing the middle on nickle downs pro football focus agress that lofton was a liability more ofton than not in coverage . weatherspoon has more range

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
7:00 pm

if curtis lofton can not play linebacker or he cant not play on 3rd downs what good is he two the team if he cant not play them 2 postion

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
7:04 pm

if curtis lofton re-signed what other postion can he play we know he can not play quarterback postion he can not play linebacker he not play 3rd downs what other postion is there for him two play

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
7:05 pm

1 more postion he could play saftely

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
7:06 pm

2 defense back postion

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
7:13 pm

curtis lofton has all ready played on defense on 3rd downs so that did not work out for that positon

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
7:15 pm

i guess 1 more postions open safelty curtis could play

ricky neal

February 10th, 2012
7:17 pm

curtis lofton could play safetly

ricky neal

February 11th, 2012
12:45 am

now with falcons unlikely two be bringing back curtis lofton reggie kelly mike peterson ovie mughelli joe zelenka jason snelling brent romberg harry douglas kirk chambers kory biermann sam baker that would give more money under salary cap

ricky neal

February 11th, 2012
2:11 am

from ricky ha falcons some of of fans are talking about about what falcons should do this off season and saying that should stand pat not sign no free agents this off season you do argee that falcons fans

ricky neal

February 11th, 2012
2:13 am

from ricky so of falcons saying should not make no rosters moves do agree that falcons fans let me know what you thank about that

ricky neal

February 11th, 2012
2:14 am

some of fans are saying falcons should stand pat and not sign no free agents this off season do agree with that falcons about what some of falcons are saying

ricky neal

February 11th, 2012
2:22 am

author blanks will not late that happen falcons will make rosters moves this off season here are list of players are unlikey two be returning curtis lofton joe zelenka ovie mughelli mike peterson kory biermann sam baker might be released this off season jason snelling might be headed also where harry douglas unlikey two return reggie kelly kirk chambers author blanks wants build a championship this off season where not going in free agency without making some moves falcons fans got understand this business nfl free agency is about making roster moves

ricky neal

February 12th, 2012
1:58 am

ha falcons if marcus mcneill is wavied by chargers march 13th let sign him falcons are going need help cause reggie kory biermann ovie mughelli joe zelenka jason snelling kirk chambers harry douglas mit not be returning after march 13th its coming free agency coming up fast torrow is all ready febuary 12th its going two be sunday.

ricky neal

February 12th, 2012
2:02 am

free agents players that are unlikey not be returning after march is harry douglas zoe zelenka reggie kelly kory biermann jason snelling ovie mughelli mike peterson harry douglas kirk chambers

ricky neal

February 12th, 2012
2:32 am

theses are falcons fre agents that are unlikely are going two be retuning todd mcclure reggie kelly jason snelling kory biermann joe zelenka harry douglas ovie mughelli mike peterson kirk chambers brent romberg curtis lofton if his re-signed but his schedule two become free agents march 13th

ricky neal

February 12th, 2012
2:37 am

these are players that could return chris redmon sam baker john abraham james sanders eric weems kevin hayden

ricky neal

February 12th, 2012
2:42 am

falcons free agents joe zelenka todd mcclure reggie kelly kory biermann brent romberg harry douglas mike peterson kirk chambers curtis lofton ovie mughelli chris redmon james sanders kevin hayden eric weems sam baker john abraham todd mcclure jason snelling

ricky neal

February 12th, 2012
2:47 am

theses players that are going help falcons pick up marcus mcneill joe zelenka reggie kelly kory biermann brent romberg harry douglas mike peterson kirk chambers and maybe curtis lofton ovie mughelli jason snelling could be headed also where and including todd mcclure

Gritsfalcon

February 12th, 2012
3:49 am

The birds have to resign Lofton and Grimes, in that order. That is all there is to it ! After that they need to ID three other pressing needs (with available cap space). Right now it looks like those areas are L. OT and R OG. They then need to find a quality pass rusher or someone to replace Abraham (who I think will have to walk since it appears he actually retired after the 2010 season). Then there is that 2nd round pick–If they have any $$$ left they should take the best RB available in the 2nd round; Then, get a good O-lineman in the 4th. After that it is a crap-shoot with the remaining draft picks. Dimitroff is going HAVE TO EARN his money this time. This is what the best GM’s do to pull off big moves when it looks like nothing is out there and they have to pinch pennies. This one is on you Thomas, are you up to the challenge?

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ricky neal

February 12th, 2012
8:04 pm

from i just kffl its comiformed that sam baker is danger of being released by falcons and falcons could show interested in marcus mcneil if chargers released my chargers on march 13th

ricky neal

February 12th, 2012
8:07 pm

falcons could show interested in marcus mcneil if his released by chargers march 13th and falcons have stated that sam baker is in danger being released by falcons its on kffl

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
12:30 am

falcons a buch of free agents sam barker thomas decoud reggie kelly john abraham kory biermann brent romberg jason snelling harry douglas chris redmon ovie mughelli mike peterson joe zelenka kirk chambers todd mcclure brent grimes curtis lofton kevin hayden robert james eric weems spencer adkins

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
12:33 am

here,s list of free agents unlikely not returning reggie kelly sam baker jason snelling headed also mike peterson brent romberg joe zelenka kirk chambers ovie mughelli

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
12:37 am

falcons free agents unlikely not returning harry douglas reggie kelly sam baker in danger of being released mike peterson brent romberg joe zelenka kirk chambers jason snelling ovie mughelli kory beirmann

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
12:44 am

2012 falcons free agents kirk chambers jason snelling mike cox ovie mughelli mike peterson reggie kelly sam barker joe zelenka kory biermann harry douglas eric weems kevin hayden robert james todd mcclure spencer adskins thomas decoud curtis lofton john abraham

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
12:45 am

theses are players falcons looking two sign channing crowder and marcus mccneil

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
12:51 am

theses are falcons 2012 free agents sam baker mike cox vince walker jason snelling ovie mughelli joe zelenka mike peterson reggie kelly kory biermann harry douglas todd mcclure spencer adskins robert james kevin hayden eric weems thomas decoud john abraham brent romberg chris redmon kirk chambers

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
12:57 am

falcons players unlikely not retuning jason snelling might be headed also whear joe zelenka unlikely not retuning harry douglas unlikely not retuning mike peterson reggie kelly kory biermann brent romberg ovie mughelli sam baker in danger of being released this off season kirk chambers curtis if falcons re-sign him this off season

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
1:10 am

falcons full list of free agents on the team micheal palmer jason snelling harry douglas joe zelenka reggie kelly kory biermann mike peterson brent romberg sam baker ovie mughelli kirk chambers curtis lofton spencer adskins kevin hayden todd mcclure robert james john abraham chris redmon brent grimes

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
1:17 am

falcons fee agents antone smith rb

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
1:21 am

falcons full free agent list antone smith rb micheal palmer jason snelling harry douglas mike peterson brent romberg ovie mughelli sam baker reggie kelly kory biermann spencer adskins curtis lofton thomas decoud kirk chambers joe zelenka kevin hayden todd mcclure robert james chris redmon brent grimes

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
1:27 am

falcons free agent mike antone smith mike peterson micheal palmber ovie mughelli jason snelling thomas decoud chris redmon brent romberg sam baker reggie kelly spencer adskins kirk chambers curtis lofton harry douglas todd mcclure kevin hayden robert james brent grimes kory beirmann john abraham joe zelenka eric weems

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
1:28 am

and falcons free agent palmer

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
1:30 am

and the other falcons free agenr mike cox

Phil

February 13th, 2012
10:18 am

Absolutely. They need a LT and this is the man for the job. When he is healthy, he is a pro-bowler. Definitely should sign him.

Prime Time

February 13th, 2012
11:45 am

Ricky Neal, please get a job. Please learn to use puntuation.

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Ray C.

February 13th, 2012
9:30 pm

Why not? We drafted this raggedy Sam Baker when he was younger and supposedly healthy. Marcus McNeil is better at 80% than Sam Baker at 110%.

[...] beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter certainly thinks it’s a possibility, especially seeing as how the Falcons have medically passed players with neck concerns in the past. [...]

[...] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes the Falcons could be a potential landing spot for LT Marcus McNeill if the Chargers release him this offseason.The Falcons need an upgrade on Will Svitek, and Sam Baker is in danger of being released. San Diego is expected to cut McNeill next month in order to save $10 million in cap space. McNeill would have no trouble beating out Svitek in training camp, but makes for a risky signing due to medical concerns. Feb. 11 – 6:46 pm et Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution [...]