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Looking at San Diego’s free agent priorities

Eric Weddle, Brandon Lloyd AP

We haven’t done a post-lockout checklist for the Chargers just yet.  When that happens, we’ll have to address the large quantity of expected free agents on the roster.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune has given us a head start on our homework.

Writing about the team’s priorities in a mailbag Monday, Acee wrote that the Chargers intend to re-sign linebacker Kevin Burnett, tackle Jeromey Clary and safety Eric Weddle, but know they will have competition for all three.

We’re a little surprised to hear Burnett in that mix.  He and Clary should be relatively easy to keep if the Chargers want them.  With so many teams needing a safety, we suspect Weddle will get paid huge bucks elsewhere.   (And we think Weddle is worth the dough.)

For role players, Acee writes the team will “make a run” at defensive end Jacques Cesaire and Billy Volek “but that will be contingent on both accepting the money and the role.”

Beyond that, Acee mentions reserve cornerback Dante Hughes as a guy the Chargers would like to keep.

Notably omitted by Acee are free agents like running back Darren Sproles, wide receivers Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee, and linebacker Stephen Cooper.  That group sounds likely to leave, with Sproles and Floyd making interesting pickups elsewhere.

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19 Responses to “Looking at San Diego’s free agent priorities”
  1. normswifevera says: Jun 27, 2011 4:40 PM

    There must be a serious shortage at safety in the league if Eric Weddle is worth huge bucks.

  2. kc4life7 says: Jun 27, 2011 5:23 PM

    There must be a serious shortage at safety in the league if Eric Weddle is worth huge bucks.

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    Eric Weddle was a top 4 Free Safety last year statistically . Wouldn’t really say there must be a serious shortage. Highly underrated safety.

  3. judgejuday says: Jun 27, 2011 5:31 PM

    As a Charger fan, I hate to say this…but Weddle is solid and worth the money.

    Believe it.

  4. glen1904 says: Jun 27, 2011 5:33 PM

    the Chargers have never been run like a championship team (pats, steelers etc.) and this comes as no surprise that they quit signing player three years ago and are in this situation.
    They franchise Vincent Jackson whom they said at the beginning of last season is not in their long term plans yet a player like Weddle whom they love will either be lost of they will be forced to over pay for to keep. Ownership and the GM is the biggest problem with that team.

  5. schmitty2 says: Jun 27, 2011 5:36 PM

    They need to lockdown VJax on a contract

  6. campfristed says: Jun 27, 2011 6:29 PM

    Chargers do try to make everything more difficult.

    Would be nice to get Jackson back on board, but I don’t see this as being as significant as getting Floyd and/or Naanee resigned. Both made solid contributions and came up big when needed.

    I find it hard to believe the the Chargers have receivers that are better waiting in the wings…

    Weddle may not be a flashy Safety, but watch a game and watch him play and he is a ball hawk, always around the play and making plays.

    They have been doing their best to let Sproles leave, but he is still a weapon that most teams need, kinda like what everyone thought Reggie Bush would morph into

  7. Soulman45 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:36 PM

    Do the Chargers have a top of the line CB who will be a FA?

  8. toad8572 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:48 PM

    There must be a serious shortage at safety in the league if Eric Weddle is worth huge bucks.
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    Nope, just a serious shortage of knowledgeble fans.

  9. jamie54 says: Jun 27, 2011 7:22 PM

    Sproles was vastly overpaid last year, even the year before that. Production way down. If they give him a much lower offer then he’s worth it otherwise, buh-bye.

  10. humb0lt says: Jun 27, 2011 7:31 PM

    Keep Burnett, Weddle and Floyd.

    Keep Cooper if it is uncertain Butler and/or Moulton can fill his role.

    Sproles: Love the guy but he’s not worth the money he got paid last year. Legedu “do you know who I am” Naanee – see you later, dude. You disappoint me.

  11. frostymugobeer says: Jun 27, 2011 8:49 PM

    so will all this happen before or after they become “the los angeles lightning” ?

  12. fthrvic says: Jun 27, 2011 9:38 PM

    I really don’t believe saying your safety is in the top 5 in the league is necessarily a good thing. All that tells me is the other 10 guys in front of him weren’t doing their job.

  13. sdboltaction says: Jun 27, 2011 9:59 PM

    Los Angeles lightning…. lol

  14. p4hbiz says: Jun 27, 2011 10:00 PM

    One thing 4 sure, they won’t come close to beating the Oakland Raiders.

    I don’t care who they get, the Chargers had their chances winning the division 40r5 years in a row and with nothing to show for it.

    I hope like hell Big Al makes a play for M. Floyd

  15. vjaxmyboy says: Jun 27, 2011 10:04 PM

    Weddle and Cooper are the two leaders on D, A.J. Please don’t let both our D field generals go. Cooper would be highly missed but Burnett can fill that void, we only have rooks n Gregory to fill Weddles spot. Pay the man!!!

  16. trbowman says: Jun 28, 2011 4:00 AM

    Is Weddle being underrated because he’s white?

  17. gobolts4lyfe says: Jun 28, 2011 5:57 AM

    fthrvic says: Jun 27, 2011 9:38 PM

    I really don’t believe saying your safety is in the top 5 in the league is necessarily a good thing. All that tells me is the other 10 guys in front of him weren’t doing their job.
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    And your comment tells me that your Math skills seem to be lacking. IF he is a top 5 safety, where do the other 10 guys come from that are “in front of him??”

  18. gobolts4lyfe says: Jun 28, 2011 5:58 AM

    gobolts4lyfe says: Jun 28, 2011 5:57 AM

    fthrvic says: Jun 27, 2011 9:38 PM

    I really don’t believe saying your safety is in the top 5 in the league is necessarily a good thing. All that tells me is the other 10 guys in front of him weren’t doing their job.
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    And your comment tells me that your Math skills seem to be lacking. IF he is a top 5 safety, where do the other 10 guys come from that are “in front of him??”

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    Nevermind. Apparently my football math is very slow today..

  19. icantadd says: Jun 28, 2011 7:04 AM

    I compare Weddle to Quentin Jammer. Jammer doesn’t make a lot of interceptions or flashy plays, but he’s a damn good defender. He makes solid tackles, has great arm extension, and covers well. You won’t find him on many highlight reels or “Top 10 Plays,” but rarely do you see him get smoked. Weddle is the same; his speed is exposed sometimes, but 90% of the time he’s in a position to defend the pass.

    Safeties and Cornerbacks are on the field to defend the pass, not necessarily intercept everything thrown their way. The only time you hear about a DB is if they’re intercepting a pass or completely getting blown away (or on rare occasions, suing Alka-Seltzer.) Weddle isn’t a Troy Polamalu or Rodney Harrison, but he provides consistency over the top. Letting him leave would be a disaster.

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