The deadline for Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill to sign their tenders before the offer drops significantly has now come and gone, and Kevin Acee has started speculating (along with the rest of the media) that both guys will sit out until Week 10 (which is a bye before a home game against the Broncos). If they haven't signed yet, this move seems like the only one that they have left.
I'm not going to go into all the reasons that I agree or disagree with these moves, either by the players or the team, but I will roll with the hypothetical situation that has both of these Pro Bowl players sitting out the first 9 or 10 games of the season and take a look at what the San Diego Chargers roster looks like without them. After the break, a prediction on the depth chart (barring any injury).
NFL teams are allowed to have 53 men on their roster. The list above has 53. That means that if there's anyone that is not on that list that wants to make the team, they have to be lucky or just flat-out better than the guy in front of them. The above list is just a guess and will probably be nowhere close to the final roster, but if it does turn out this way.....here's my list of guys I wish I had more space to include:
James Holt (who could make the team if they decide against keeping Ellison)
Ogemdi Nwagbuo (who could easily replace Garay on the above list, really)