Chargers Deny Shopping Eric Weddle

10:27pm: A Chargers spokesman has reached out to Florio to deny that the team is shopping Weddle, suggesting there’s “absolutely no truth” to those rumors. Still, PFT’s original source still insists that San Diego is indeed shopping the safety, and it doesn’t make sense that the club would want to hang onto him at all costs, considering he’s set to test the free agent market this winter.

9:16pm: The Giants are among four NFL teams to express interest in Weddle, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report tweets.

8:09pm: The Chargers are shopping safety Eric Weddle, a league source tells Mike Florio of PFT. Weddle is earning $7.5MM in the final year of his contract.

The three-time Pro Bowler skipped the voluntary portion of the offseason this summer while locked in a contract dispute with the team. Weddle is the fourth-highest paid safety in terms of total compensation in 2015 but he was seeking a new deal with his 31st birthday coming up in January 2016. After the Chargers held their ground, Weddle made it known that he would turn his attention to free agency after the season.

As the Chargers sit at 2-6, it only makes sense that they would explore a deal for Weddle rather than lose him in the offseason. However, the Chargers could also hang on to the veteran and net a compensatory draft pick for him in the spring. For that reason, the Bolts can’t be expected to part with Weddle for cheap.

Weddle has been the Chargers’ starting safety since 2008 and he did not miss a regular season start from 2009 through 2014. In 2014, Weddle racked up 114 total tackles to go along with eight pass deflections and an interception. Pro Football Focus (subscription required) rated the three-time Pro Bowler as the best overall safety in the NFL last season with a +18.9 overall grade.

The safety is nursing a groin injury but it’s only a minor setback and he’s already sprinting again, according to’s Rand Getlin (on Twitter).

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9 comments on “Chargers Deny Shopping Eric Weddle

  1. Stokely

    Remember when football was run by experienced football MEN? Babies, Telesco and 3rd generation Spanos are bringing the franchise down to new depths. Bad time to be a Bolt.

    • aarongill

      Not worse than the niners

  2. Sam Robinson

    Figured this attempt would be likely, with Weddle not planning on re-signing in San Diego (or Los Angeles) and the Chargers in freefall. But the compensatory pick may be more valuable than what is offered for a half-season of his services.

    • Rory Parks

      Exactly. Weddle would fetch at least a fourth-round compensatory choice, with a third being an outside possibility. In a “normal” year, it seems unlikely that a 4-4 club with serious flaws like the Giants would pony up that much for a half-season rental, but given the state of the NFC East, they just might do it. I certainly don’t believe the Chargers aren’t trying to move Weddle.

  3. aarongill

    Giants wouldn’t be a bad fit

  4. Jjjjjjjj

    Why are the Chargers getting Reid of weddle I hope they do not let him go

    • OBJ13

      I want him to come to the G-Men

  5. CyYoung

    Pats should be on this, big upgrade at Safety, next to DMC.

  6. gijoelm

    If he cant play DE, he cant really help the Giants that much. If you put Weddle with Ronnie Lott, John Lynch and Woodson, the Giants would still give up yards by the gobs because they cannot rush the passer. At. All.

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