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Eric Weddle stays with the Chargers

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With several teams pursuing him aggressively, the man who has sued Alka-Seltzer probably needed a shot or two of the bubbly stuff to calm the contents of his stomach.

In the end, he decided that home is where his heart is.

Safety Eric Weddle has agreed to terms with the Chargers, the team with which he has spent all four years of his NFL career.  The news comes courtesy of Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The Jaguars, Browns, Vikings, Cowboys, and Texans were all reportedly interested.  At one point, erroneous reports surfaced of a deal with Jacksonville.

The deal was accomplished despite public barbs between agent David Canter and Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith over which man was “baffled” by the lack of pre-lockout contract talks.

At least they weren’t debating the question of which guy is actually Shmoopie.

UPDATE:  Canter has declared on Twitter that Weddle is the highest-paid safety in NFL history.  Until we see the contract and compare it to the likes of the ones signed by Troy Polamalu and Antrel Rolle, we’ll opt for skepticism.  Acee reports that it’s a five-year, $40 million deal with $19 million guaranteed.

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34 Responses to “Eric Weddle stays with the Chargers”
  1. jagerbolt says: Jul 27, 2011 1:33 PM

    But I thought no players like or want to play for AJ Smith!? But yet we’ve had 5 FA signings for the Bolts in 2 days!? I’m so confused! ;)

    Glad to see Weddle re-signed, was really nervous he would leave.

  2. thephantomstranger says: Jul 27, 2011 1:34 PM

    Rats. I guess the Vikes will have to roll with Hussain Abdullah.

  3. tomsd1 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:34 PM

    What’s baffling – Oh Lord of NO RINGS.

    AJ – what a sorry piece of work. Chargers won’t win a SB as long as he is GM, but Spanos the younger likes a kiss-ass.

  4. lovechildofajsmith says: Jul 27, 2011 1:36 PM

    Love this move. Weddle, Bob Sanders, Jammer, and Cason is a solid secondary. Adding Takeo Spikes leadership will help also.

    Still don’t know where we’re going to get our pass rush from other than Shaun Phillips. Would love to see the Bolts re-up Antwan Barnes or go after a guy like Manny Lawson.

  5. snnyjcbs says: Jul 27, 2011 1:43 PM

    I cannot shake that picture of D Mac knocking Weedle out and running over him at the Goal Line scoring or Bush taking his head off play after play. Highest paid Safety in NFL History?, you are joking right?

  6. steel6times says: Jul 27, 2011 1:43 PM

    HAHA Highest paid safety ever? HAHA!!! 6 rings

  7. stephenb12 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:44 PM

    When did Weddle get good let alone deserve this kind of money?

  8. bcgreg says: Jul 27, 2011 1:45 PM

    With the contracts that Weddle, Charles Johnson, Santonio, and Free signed, does anyone think the players lost in the CBA negotiations? Now that teams have to spend up to 90+% of the cap, some have to pay ridiculous contracts to get up to the $120M cap leading to some truly baffling decisions/contract offers. It’s never the superstars that drive up the price. It’s the middle of the road guys who get dumb contracts driving up the numbers for the superstars. If Marshall Yanda gets $6.5 per year, then what does Logan Mankins get?

    It’s being reported that Weddle got 5 years $40M. Are you effing kidding me? Awful, AWFUL contract from SDs point of view. Good for the player. I don’t begrudge him, but $8.5M for Eric Weddle? For a SAFETY? What’s Nnamdi worth if Eric effing Weddle gets $8.5M per?

  9. erfoster says: Jul 27, 2011 1:45 PM

    makes you think what “fear the hair” will get in pittsburgh next year when his contract is up?

  10. thepatriotway says: Jul 27, 2011 1:46 PM

    who would have thought the highest paid safety in the NFL would be a little white guy!

  11. Dave H says: Jul 27, 2011 1:46 PM

    This is an ascending player going into year 5. The SD secondary was #1 in NFL last year, and Weddle can also defend the run. Add Sanders (if healthy) and this is an excellent secondary. It is an expensive deal, but this is one of the better young safeties in the game.

  12. southcakpanther says: Jul 27, 2011 1:48 PM

    On a side note, Deangelo Williams has agreed to terms with the Panthers. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 years, $40+ million and $21 million guaranteed.

  13. mrgroovesd says: Jul 27, 2011 1:48 PM

    A good step in the right direction. Hopefully we can lock up Burnett or even get Nick Barnett for ILB. Would like to see more insurance on the WR end, get Floyd back and possible trade for Steve Smith. Some wishful thinking on my part.

  14. pdxbolt says: Jul 27, 2011 1:50 PM

    Solid move.

  15. homelanddefense says: Jul 27, 2011 1:50 PM

    He is good, but I dont think he is THAT good, that is a ton of money.

  16. sj39 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:51 PM

    Oh here we go. All the “experts” will be picking the Chargers to win it all again.

  17. hus10188 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:52 PM

    WWOOOOW! Troy Polamalu’s next contract will be a doozy.

    Spare a thought for Quintin Mikell, he could be regretting his hasty signing with the Rams. (4 yrs 28 mill)

    Weddle’s a good player, but overpaid as hell.

  18. sandiegobandwagons says: Jul 27, 2011 1:59 PM

    Yay!!!!!!!!!

    I’m soooo looking forward to seeing Darren McFadden run his sorry butt over again!

    Today is a good day.

  19. rhinosteel6 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:03 PM

    Only game changers get that type of money.

    Weddle isnt one of them.
    Just an above average Safety.
    Period….

  20. encinitasraider says: Jul 27, 2011 2:05 PM

    LOL,…..that’s Namdi money.
    Just think this year Weddle will be the highest paid saftey and he will still get run over by DMAC and BUSH!!!!

  21. jpb12 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:08 PM

    What?!? He must have a picture of AJ Smith with a goat.

  22. mgborgli says: Jul 27, 2011 2:09 PM

    Eric berry must be grinning from ear to ear

  23. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Jul 27, 2011 2:09 PM

    Best news I’ve heard all day

  24. worstwebsiteever says: Jul 27, 2011 2:11 PM

    Relax ladies, it’s really only $19 mil guaranteed.

    Also, everyone bagging on Weddle clearly don’t know what their talking about. Dude is solid and getting better.

  25. gnutella0 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:31 PM

    Troy Polamalu might get more guaranteed money, but he’s 30 years old now, and he’s had a couple of significant injuries in recent seasons. He missed 11 games in 2009 with a knee injury, and even though he played through his hip injury late last season, he clearly wasn’t the same player after it happened. Durability concerns could reduce the value of his contract, especially given his age.

  26. CKL says: Jul 27, 2011 2:42 PM

    Weddle’s agent is douchey. He probably encouraged Weddle that he had a case against Alka Seltzer. Sounds like his kind of move.

  27. dannymac17 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:08 PM

    LOL @ the Raider fans coming out the woodwork, you should be worried about shoring up your atrocious line and now 4th best secondary in the division

    Wow. Actually now that I think of it, I am simply surprised most Raider fans know how to use a keyboard.

  28. fitnesssuccess says: Jul 27, 2011 3:25 PM

    I think the Chargers are hoping Larry English can stay health. He has not been fully health from the start of his pro career with the Chargers. I have heard he is a good kid and smart, ( my buddy was one of his teachers in high school).And also the are hoping Cory Liuget will draw blockers freeing up the Outside linebackers.

  29. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 27, 2011 3:27 PM

    Demaurice Smith just announced that THIS IS NOW the worst deal in the history of sports. LOL

    Raider fans not coming thru the woodwork loser, you may have run this division and owned our team but your window closed for your franchise 1st superbowl ring. OAK swept you, as a raider fan were are getting better but were not even close yet and we still swept you with Campbell lol #1 OFF #1 DEF wow, were did that get you, 9-7 and no playoffs?

    Stop being blinded by lighitng bolts or charges? chargers? whatever the F that means?

    Professional sports teams are judged by one thing only, thats championships. So don’t worry, no one is judging you by default lol

  30. rayguyreturns says: Jul 27, 2011 3:32 PM

    “dannymac17 says:
    Wow. Actually now that I think of it, I am simply surprised most Raider fans know how to use a keyboard.
    ______________________________________

    That’s because they can pay other people to do it for them, while they’re polishing their 3 Lombardi Trophies.
    Boom. Roasted.

  31. rayraydevries says: Jul 27, 2011 3:37 PM

    If Weddle wasn’t good than why were so many teams interested in him? He isn’t flashy but he does all the things that usually go unnoticed. Yes its a huge contract but that’s how the NFL has always gone in terms of free agency.

  32. rayraydevries says: Jul 27, 2011 3:43 PM

    Letting Weddle go would have hurt WAY MORE than paying him the money

  33. raiduhdude says: Jul 27, 2011 10:54 PM

    dannymac17 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:08 PM

    LOL @ the Raider fans coming out the woodwork, you should be worried about shoring up your atrocious line and now 4th best secondary in the division

    ————————————————-

    “Atrocious” line? Is that what you’ll be saying when Lamarr Houston and Richard Seymour have their way with Rivers two years in a row?

  34. bcgreg says: Jul 28, 2011 4:35 PM

    @ thepatriotway

    As opposed to who, a long haired polynesian guy?

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