Originally written on Grits Blitz  |  Last updated 3/16/12

SAN DIEGO - MAY 13: Rookie offensive tackle Marcus McNeill #73 of the San Diego Chargers looks on during the Chargers rookie mini-camp at Charger Field on May 13, 2006 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Step away from that ledge Falcons fans, we have our first free agent visit lined up!  I am almost in a state of shock that D. Orlando Ledbetter said Atlanta should look at Marcus McNeill... and it is actually happening.

McNeill plans to visit Atlanta next week hopefully to help shore up a left tackle spot that has been as successful as the Hindenburg.

Marcus receives a playful elbow to the throat from our very own John Abraham.

McNeill is a two time Pro Bowler who has protected Phillip Rivers for years.  At 6'7", 336lbs, the man is a monster on the field, and has been a premium player.

The problem is his injury history.  He has only managed to play 20 of the last 32 games.  Only 28 years old, McNeill has had neck and back problems that have been thought to be degenerative, but San Diego was likely going to get rid of him either way due to $10+ million salary this year.

He has since been cleared by neck and spine specialists, and is, apparently, 100% healthy.  If healthy, McNeill could be an important piece to finally adding some consistency and much needed protection for this offense.

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