Eric Weddle Weighing Four Teams’ Offers

Free agent safety Eric Weddle is weighing offers from four teams and will respond Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Weddle’s evaluation of each team’s roster, city and schools will factor into his decision, per Rapoport, who adds (on Twitter) that he’ll whittle the four clubs down to two and move forward with negotiations.

Three of the teams chasing Weddle are the Ravens, Cowboys and Steelers, reports Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (Twitter link). The other could be the Raiders, who were reportedly “zeroing in on” the 31-year-old as of Thursday.

Weddle has thus far spent his entire career with the Chargers, who selected him in the second round of the 2007 draft. The Eric Weddleex-Utah standout appeared in 137 of a possible 144 regular-season games in San Diego, making 122 starts, piling up three Pro Bowl nods, five All-Pro bids, and 19 interceptions.

Despite Weddle’s success in San Diego, his tenure there ended negatively last season, with the team reportedly informing Weddle that it was fining him $10K for remaining on the field during halftime of a game to watch his daughter perform in a dance ceremony. Weddle and agent David Canter didn’t go public about the fine at first, but the latter opened up after the Chargers placed the safety on IR in Week 17, a move that was made against his wishes. Further, the Bolts notified Weddle that there would be no room for him to travel on the team plane to the regular-season finale in Denver, according to Canter.

Drama aside, Weddle had a productive swan song in San Diego – amassing 76 tackles and six passes defended in 13 games – and he said in February that his motivation was to join a contending team.

“In the next three or four years, are they going to be competitive, are they going to be division winners, are we going to have a chance at the Super Bowl?” Weddle asked hypothetically.

Of the clubs linked to Weddle, the Steelers are the only one coming off a postseason trip and are seemingly the closest to Super Bowl contention. The Cowboys and Ravens are just a season removed from their last playoff appearances, though, and both had terrible luck with injuries during the 2015-16 campaign. The Raiders are stuck in a 13-year playoff drought after going 7-9 last season, but they have an enviable core of young talent and have already added three big-ticket free agents this week in offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, linebacker Bruce Irvin and cornerback Sean Smith.

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  1. If he signs with the Raiders, I will burn his jersey.What a Turncoat. Go anywhere but AFC West.

    • Maybe Chargers should have treated him like the vet he was for them.

  2. I will be tickled pink to have him sport the black and gold…he’ll actually be appreciated here for his style of play and dedication to his family.

    • He’s already said he wants to come to Pittsburgh. So I hope they offer him a contract. Would be a great pickup that would help solidify the secondary

      • He also likes Oakland as well best of luck he I’ll be good in Pittsburgh or Oakland

  3. If he’s looking at schools for siblings, he’ll go to Dallas.

    • He wants to play for a team that will be a contender and that’s not Dallas

  4. Weddle was just as much at fault for the breakup. Weddle thought that if he whined and complained publicly he would get a new contract. All it did was make us fans wonder why the guy who has made tens of millions is whining at all. Gates didn’t whine and he got a nice retirement paycheck, Weddle would have been taken care of if he had stopped the childish tantrum and acted like a man. Btw he is overrated. If you need a big play don’t expect Weddle to step up.

    I hope he goes to chokeland so Rivers can torch him over and over.

    • Youre assuming that the all pro veteran is whining and complaining for another great contract? He if anything, deserves the contract after the way he plays and on top of that, the chargers caused what you call “whining” no it was him not giving a literal care for the chargers being selfish bastards to him and he rebelled like most would

    • Rivers isn’t going to have time to torch anyone on the Raiders with that D breathing down and breaking his neck!

    • Weddle is a great player and you know you cheered when he made a great play .And just like management you turned your back on your best defensive player. If I were him I would want out of there as well. Who wants to play for a team that the fans and and upper brass turn their back on them. Charger fans should be the quietest fans in the league because you’re fans of a team that hss NEVER won a Super Bowl.

    • Not overrated at all, you’re just mad because one of the Chargers best players is leaving. The Chargers fined him $10k because he stayed on the field at halftime to watch his daughter perform. Then they told him they had no room on the team plane for him to travel to Denver for their last game and went against what he wanted and put him on IR with a “concussion” when even Weddle said that wasn’t true. So the only thing for you Charger fans to be mad about is how bad the team treated him and pushed him away from the team. Also you should probably be mad that you team will suck again this year.

    • Funny a chokers fan is talking crap. Ur teams is a has been. Rn4L

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