No huge surprise here, but Chargers safety Eric Weddle doesn’t envision re-signing with the club this offseason. The veteran clashed with the organization many times during his protracted contract battle and it appears that the relationship cannot be repaired.
“The last game was hard because I still thought there was hope to come back,” Weddle said, according to U-T San Diego. “But I don’t think that’s a possibility now.”
Weddle, a three-time Pro Bowler with San Diego, would reportedly be open to an offer from the Dolphins if he gets one. For his part, the safety says that winning a Super Bowl is his No. 1 priority and the opportunity to win will take priority over finding the biggest payday.
The 31-year-old said in December that he wouldn’t rule out re-signing with the club. Now, after things got extra ugly near the end of the regular season, Weddle has apparently done just that and he will set his sights on 31 other potential suitors.
The Bolts informed Weddle last month that he was being fined $10K for remaining on the field during halftime of a game to watch his daughter perform during a dance ceremony. While Weddle and agent David Canter declined to go public with the fine at the time, the agent opened up after the Chargers placed the safety on IR, a move that was made against his wishes. Per Canter, the team also informed Weddle that there would be no room for him to travel on the team plane to the regular season finale in Denver.
Weddle has been with the Chargers since being selected by the club in the second round of the 2007 draft. In his nine seasons with San Diego, he has appeared in 137 total regular season games (122 starts), earning three Pro Bowl berths and two All-Pro nods. The 2015 campaign was his first year without an interception — he has racked up 19 over the course of his career.
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