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Former Chargers OT McNeill will retire
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Former Chargers OT McNeill will retire

Updated 2:55 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 13

The Chargers cut OLT Marcus McNeill on Tuesday in time for the start of free agency.

GM A.J. Smith said in a release on the team's website that the Chargers are open to re-sign McNeill.

McNeill started nine games last season and was then placed on injured reserve with a neck injury.

McNeill started all 82 games he played with San Diego since he was drafted in 2006. McNeill was a Pro Bowler in his first two seasons in the league.

The Cahrgers also released CB Dante Hughes, who played all 16 games as the team's nickel back in 2011. In addition to Hughes, the team waived OLB EVerette Brown, ILB Nate Triplett and WR Bryan Walters.

The way we see it

The Chargers will make offensive line a top priority this offseason, after losing OG Kris Dielman to retirement and then cutting McNeill. GM A.J. Smith will make a strong push to re-sign OT Jared Gaither, who played well at the end of the 2011 season after being signed off the free agent market.

As for McNeill, Keels is confident he will play in 2012. However, his neck injuries were quite serious last season, and he will have to prove he is healthy in order to make a roster. He is also going to see a major pay cut, as he was set to make $10.5 million in 2012 from the Chargers.

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