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Chiefs May Have A Big Advantage Against The Chargers On Monday Night Football

The Chiefs will open the 2010 season against the Chargers on Monday Night Football. It's possible, according to recent reports, the Chargers will be missing arguably the second and third best players on the team.

LT Marcus McNeill and WR Vincent Jackson are reportedly willing to sit out the entire 2010 season because of a contract issue. Like Jarrad Page with the Chiefs, they're both restricted free agents. And, like Page, neither signed their tenders by Monday night meaning their salaries were cut.

This is only making them more and more upset.

GM A.J. Smith has a reputation around the league as a tough negotiator. He won't be bullied into signing long-term deals for McNeill and/or Jackson. And those two don't seem willing to sign absent a long-term deal.

Translation: The Chiefs may face the Chargers on the Monday night opener without both of these players.

That would be huge for the Chiefs.

So the Jarrad Page situation certainly isn't good but the Chargers are evidence things could be a whole heck-of-a-lot worse.