After nine sensational seasons in San Diego, Eric Weddle will not be a member of the Chargers in 2016. It appeared obvious before the season when the Chargers gave Philip Rivers a contract extension instead of him, but in case it wasn’t clear enough, Weddle took it one step further with his comments on Monday.
When the two time All-Pro safety was asked about returning to the Chargers, he replied “I probably won’t speak to them again.” Given their history, this outcome seemed like a foregone conclusion, but his most recent comments make it clear that he has no intention of communicating with them whatsoever.
The Chargers organization made some questionable decisions as far as handling the whole situation with Weddle. San Diego refused to extend his contract, and recently, they fined him $10,000 for watching his daughter perform at halftime of the Chargers’ final home game. That seems a little excessive, especially considering how well he’s played since he was drafted by the team in 2007.
Regardless of what happened in the past, the Chargers are losing a tremendous talent and now have a huge void to fill in their secondary. It is the latest mishap by a front office whose been consistently accused of disrespecting its own players.
In the long run, it was probably best for both sides to part ways. Now, Weddle can cash in during free agency, while San Diego aims to rebuild its roster and relocate to Los Angeles.
But for Chargers fans, this is simply the start of what promises to be a very long offseason.