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Eric Weddle looking for team ready to contend

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The writing on the wall started appearing well before the 2015 season kicked off and the signs that safety Eric Weddle would be leaving the Chargers as a free agent this offseason never went away as the year unfolded.

The final act of Weddle’s time in San Diego came in a late-season dispute with the team after he was placed on injured reserve, all but guaranteeing that Weddle’s next time on the field would come in a different uniform. If Weddle has his way, that uniform will be one of a team in position to contend.

“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 said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Prioritizing winning over salary should probably help Weddle’s job hunt, although different teams will surely have different comfort levels with plugging Weddle into their secondary. Weddle said he feels comfortable in any scheme, which should also help as he looks for his first NFL home outside San Diego.

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  1. classclown71 says: Feb 19, 2016 7:50 AM

    He’s going to the Panthers…. Ron Rivera, Dave Gettlemen’s habit of getting veteran safeties to plug holes, team ready to contend, etc…

  2. kb1313 says: Feb 19, 2016 7:57 AM

    Welcome to Charlotte Mr. Weddle.

  3. truehoosier62 says: Feb 19, 2016 7:57 AM

    I can think of at least one team in the north who could use you.

  4. daburgher says: Feb 19, 2016 8:01 AM

    Welcome to Pittsburgh!!!

  5. honkeyt says: Feb 19, 2016 8:04 AM

    We got a spot for you in the “O”. Come join the dark side and stick it the Bolts.

  6. ohand16 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:11 AM

    He’s a Steeler. Meets all the qualifications.

    1. Over hyped
    2. Past his prime
    3. Willing to take less money to play for the Steelers
    4. Nowhere near as tough as his reputation

  7. vikings797 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:13 AM

    Would love to see him playing along side Harrison Smith.

  8. aintfootballgreat says: Feb 19, 2016 8:13 AM

    Tomlin practically invited him already.Get it Done Steelers!Offense ready now,Defense needs a veteran in the secondary now.

  9. mt10425 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:17 AM

    If you could actually tackle and didn’t have hands of concrete, the Chargers might’ve been that team.

  10. vikesdynasty says: Feb 19, 2016 8:27 AM

    Welcome to MN

  11. ragnarthegreat says: Feb 19, 2016 8:28 AM

    I would love to see the Vikings get this guy.

  12. jets4everandever says: Feb 19, 2016 8:29 AM

    Jets

  13. tashley14 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:36 AM

    He’ll be a Raider

  14. iejdaniel says: Feb 19, 2016 8:40 AM

    Rick Spielman is on line one…

  15. beauregard says: Feb 19, 2016 8:40 AM

    Denver Broncos.
    Denver could use veteran depth at safety, and Weddle could be had for the same money they would have to give Burton.
    The team is a definite contender, being World Champs and all, and Weddle could stick it to his old team twice a year.
    This makes too much sense not to happen.

  16. bangreggwilliams says: Feb 19, 2016 8:46 AM

    Welcome to Minnesota Mr. Weddle.

  17. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Feb 19, 2016 8:50 AM

    Enjoy your trip to Pittsburgh. After that we can see if you really want a contender or a cash grab.

  18. wkheathjr says: Feb 19, 2016 8:50 AM

    Eric,
    If you are willing to take pay cut and have a shot in the Super Bowl, I think Charlotte could be your next destination!

  19. 12coltsfan12 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:51 AM

    Pats will sign him at vet minimum and he will be a great 3rd safety…I’ve seen this movie before…😥

  20. MVPanthersFan11 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:53 AM

    Come on down to Charlotte. We’re ready to contend now, and we need a safety.

  21. aldavisisthenfl says: Feb 19, 2016 8:56 AM

    Next stop Oakland…

  22. conormacleod says: Feb 19, 2016 8:56 AM

    Vikings

  23. pillowporkers says: Feb 19, 2016 8:57 AM

    I think MN is a pretty easy dot to connect next to Harrison Smith…

  24. paulieorkid says: Feb 19, 2016 8:59 AM

    Wedge would fit in perfectly in Pittsburgh, if we can work a mutually agreeable cap number into the mix. Ideal for Weddle. Perfect for the Steelers.

  25. rockon1970 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:04 AM

    A perfect fit for the Steelers they need a good veteran safety make him an offer. ASAP !!!

  26. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:05 AM

    …..come to Philly….we could you your leadership in our new defense.

  27. Iknowitall says: Feb 19, 2016 9:05 AM

    Perfect place is KC next to Eric Berry. The Chiefs will be in the Super Bowl next season……Bank it.

  28. theageofquarrel says: Feb 19, 2016 9:07 AM

    He will be a Steeler.

  29. kcflake says: Feb 19, 2016 9:08 AM

    No thanks. I don;t want you coming to my Chiefs. Especially with that beard of yours.

  30. links41 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:08 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see him in burgundy and gold next season.

  31. steelerben says: Feb 19, 2016 9:08 AM

    Pittsburgh could use a veteran leader in the secondary. If he doesn’t want to break the bank, he seems like he’d be a decent fit to settle things down on the pass defense. At the very least he’d TRY to cover Gronk.

  32. boltbacker619 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:15 AM

    Coulda took a pay cut to stay. Hasn’t done much so he can’t demand much. Undersized and an average athlete. Makes up for his below average speed with smarts. But this ain’t math. This is the NFL son.

  33. sharrerwwonka22 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:15 AM

    Come to Minny Eric, this is the best, well rounded team in the nfc, bar none. The Panthers would never had even been in the big dance if the Vikes wouldn’t have gift wrapped the seahags playoff victory. This team is not even peaking yet, and the Panthers played over their heads, with a gravy schedule to boot. Put him next to Harrison, and this defense would be even better than the 5th ranked unit they turned out to be this season, even with all the injuries and adversity it faced…pretty scary but true.

  34. MostlyRight says: Feb 19, 2016 9:18 AM

    Arizona has two free agent safeties. Pair up with honey badger in the backfield plus with Deonne Bucannon and Patrick Peterson in the No Fly Zone.

  35. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 19, 2016 9:21 AM

    pillowporkers says:
    Feb 19, 2016 8:57 AM
    I think MN is a pretty easy dot to connect next to Harrison Smith…
    —————————

    Except the idea is to contend not pretend.

  36. 4rings4brady says: Feb 19, 2016 9:25 AM

    Eric, Call Rodney – ask him what he thinks… See ya at the Razor in ’16.

  37. guadalahonky says: Feb 19, 2016 9:26 AM

    Ron Rivera was the DC in S.D. and he’s worked with Weddle. Roman Harper is a little long in the tooth. He’d make a fine safety and a good QB for that secondary.

    Go to Carolina and win a ring, Eric.

  38. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:26 AM

    Why would Weddle want to go to Minniesoda? They’ve never won anything in the history of the franchise, and they certainly aren’t starting now with their QB….
    >

  39. suhmonster90 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:28 AM

    I hope the Lions got a good sales pitch if that’s what he’s ready for!

  40. patriottony says: Feb 19, 2016 9:30 AM

    uhmmm..that phone call you see appearing on IPHONE..is Rodney Harrison..sending you a plane ticket to NEW ENGLAND

  41. hendawg21 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:30 AM

    I’m going with Washington, they have a need for a decent safety, and if money isn’t the real goal, then he’ll fit right in…and there’s and the D-coordinator is the former LB’s coach from San Diego…this topic should be flagged for further discussion so once he signs wherever it can be rehashed…

  42. footballfan72 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:33 AM

    Dallas here he comes!

  43. damadhatterb says: Feb 19, 2016 9:33 AM

    I’d like to see the Jags try to go after him again. He may not consider Jacksonville the type of contending team he’s looking to join but they are definitely trending upwards.

    Ideal scenario:
    Jags manage to get Weddle, a pass rusher like Olivier Vernon or Bruce Irvin, and pay Alex Mack enough to leave Cleveland. They improve 3 positions before even using their first round pick on a top defensive player.

    But you can wish in 1 hand and crap in the other, and see which one gets filled first. Being a fan of the Jaguars is a good reminder of this point.

  44. tylawspick6 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:35 AM

    This is hilarious. He doesn’t have 3 or 4 years left.

    He’s got 2 good years left, otherwise you’re overpaying. SD overpaid him, rented him and now he’s likely looking for the most money possible again.

  45. uglydingo says: Feb 19, 2016 9:35 AM

    If he’s looking for a certain contender then he should be aiming to join New England and not expect an oversized contract.
    While Weddle has been a very good player for many years, he needs to be mindful that the Patriots are not just another team. The prospect of playing for the greatest coach of all time and with the greatest QB of all time could be very enticing. However, he needs to understand that excellence requires a commitment to hard work.

  46. charliecharger says: Feb 19, 2016 9:39 AM

    If a team is already in position to contend, why should they feel the need to pay for a free agent. I would rather sign players who are saying “sign me, and I’ll put you in position to contend”. Like what Reggie White did when he signed with Green Bay. I’m not interested in guys that just want to come along for the ride.

  47. billytodd2013blbaad says: Feb 19, 2016 9:41 AM

    would be a perfect fit in Pittsburgh…but we will have to wait and see if he’s true to his word about wanting to win over wanting a big payday.

  48. tjacks7 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:45 AM

    The Panthers were benefitted from a down year for the NFCS… in a a year where the NFC was down… in a year that the NFL way down. Back to roughly 8-8 you go.

    Hard to predict the contenders 3-4 years from now. According to the experts he should be looking at the Vikings, Rams, Jags, Raiders and Bucs.

  49. jjackwagon says: Feb 19, 2016 9:46 AM

    He’ll be a Raider.

    Apparently you didn’t read his statement.

  50. minnesotastunna says: Feb 19, 2016 9:46 AM

    I think minnesota would be a logical choice I’d be happy if we got George Illoka from cinch too. I like how the haters doubt the Vikings I’d rather the Vikings be the dark horse who can scare a team. Nobody outside of Minnesota cares about what other team fan base thinks lol. I mean some of y’all are redskins and 49er fans and as far As the packer fans go…you were one and done and times running out

  51. tjacks7 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:47 AM

    Except the idea is to contend not pretend.

    Green Bay fans are experts on pretenders. I lost count.. What is it, 27 preseason super bowl championships in a row now?

  52. feckyerlife says: Feb 19, 2016 9:47 AM

    Umm Weddle and Smith play the same position and neither guy is built for SS. so yeah Spielman in not on line one

    iejdaniel says:
    Feb 19, 2016 8:40 AM

    Rick Spielman is on line one…

  53. conormacleod says: Feb 19, 2016 9:49 AM

    boltbacker619
    Feb 19, 2016, 8:15 AM CST
    Coulda took a pay cut to stay. Hasn’t done much so he can’t demand much. Undersized and an average athlete. Makes up for his below average speed with smarts. But this ain’t math. This is the NFL son.
    ——
    He’s had multiple seasons of over 100 tackles, and 19 career int’s. That’s average?

    I see this all the time. Player is loved by fanbase. Player leaves team. Player was “never that good”, according to spurned fanbase.

  54. kpweaver27 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:54 AM

    I would say New England, Indianapolis, and Dallas make the most sense for him.

  55. bech1208 says: Feb 19, 2016 10:12 AM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Weddle in stripes!!
    WHO DEY!!!

  56. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 19, 2016 10:21 AM

    Will the other members of ZZ Top be joining him when he signs?

  57. genericnflfan says: Feb 19, 2016 10:21 AM

    Broncos and Pats already set at safety. Weddle to Pitt makes too much sense not to happen

  58. beer4guy says: Feb 19, 2016 10:26 AM

    As a Viking fan who lives in San Diego, I’ve seen a lot of Weddle and really don’t want him. He’s lost a step and his tackling has been a little suspect. I’d prefer the Vikes continue with their youth movement and sign a younger, more athletic safely that Zim can mold.

  59. richardtroch says: Feb 19, 2016 10:40 AM

    MostlyRight says:
    Feb 19, 2016 9:18 AM
    Arizona has two free agent safeties. Pair up with honey badger in the backfield plus with Deonne Bucannon and Patrick Peterson in the No Fly Zone.

    —————————————————————

    LOL. There is only one “No Fly Zone” and it isn’t in Arizona.

  60. radrntn says: Feb 19, 2016 10:51 AM

    my gut says he will sign with whoever offers him the most money.

  61. mnfaninil says: Feb 19, 2016 11:05 AM

    The dude is 31 years old. How much does he have left in the tank? Rather see the Vikings take a run at CIN George Ilona (26) or CLE Tashaun Gipson (26) and sign them to a 5-6 year deal. Gipson was hurt this year, but is one of the better safeties in the league and Ilona is a thumper who is getting better in coverage.

  62. steeelfann0155 says: Feb 19, 2016 11:22 AM

    boltbacker619 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 9:15 AM

    Coulda took a pay cut to stay. Hasn’t done much so he can’t demand much. Undersized and an average athlete. Makes up for his below average speed with smarts. But this ain’t math. This is the NFL son.
    ———————————
    Ran a 4.48 at combine. Math ain’t that hard. Son.

  63. jgedgar70 says: Feb 19, 2016 11:29 AM

    He fits with the Panthers. Two years younger than Roman Harper, history with Ron Rivera, Super Bowl contender, and now that Greg Olsen has shaved, Weddle can keep the collective team facial hair weight where it was last year.🙂

  64. tedmurph says: Feb 19, 2016 11:36 AM

    Weddle to Pittsburgh makes perfect sense, but as usual they don’t have any money. They’re gonna have to scramble just to pay their own players. New England needs some things, but safety is one of the last ones. Dallas and Balti make sense too, but they don’t have much cap money either. The Raiders can overspend for him and can definitely make a case they’re gonna be improving over the next 3-4 yrs, especially if they can fix the D. Makes too much sense. 70 mil in cap room.

  65. channer81 says: Feb 19, 2016 11:42 AM

    Weddle was ranked as one of the top safeties on PFF for several seasons. He didn’t give up big plays, he’s been commended for years in his communications skills with the secondary and getting people in the right position and knowing what opposing offenses were doing. Those kind of skills can help a young or contending secondary immensely.

  66. daveydawg says: Feb 19, 2016 11:50 AM

    Denver can sign him to a huge deal, we all know the cap doesn’t apply in mile high

  67. dobberdubinsky says: Feb 19, 2016 11:57 AM

    Vikes fan here……don’t want him, he’s got two good years left max plus we already have an excellent free safety in Harrison Smith. No sense in overpaying for this guy which is a certainty. Go find a gem in the draft instead.

  68. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:19 PM

    …..from this thread….almost every team wants him….EXCEPT the Chargers…..

  69. aflong2020 says: Feb 19, 2016 1:39 PM

    He would look great in black and gold

  70. candrwells says: Feb 19, 2016 1:55 PM

    The Raiders can overspend for him and can definitely make a case they’re gonna be improving over the next 3-4 yrs, especially if they can fix the D.
    ——————————————————————–
    I think that’ll be longer than he’d like to wait.

  71. purpleguy says: Feb 19, 2016 2:11 PM

    Spielman doesn’t usually sign older FA’s to long term deals. If Weddle would take a 2 year deal, or a longer contract effectively voidable after 2 years maybe then there’s a shot. Besides, the skills of the player next to Smith should be more coverage-related, and Weddle seems to be more of a strong safety type.

  72. bolted4life says: Feb 19, 2016 2:27 PM

    Its funny not that long ago when he was the highest paid safety in the league and in his prime. All you were complaining about is how he’s overhyped and overpaid and that is really not that good. All of a sudden he’s a free agent and now everybody wants him. Lol

  73. tomf1951 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:27 PM

    He can go to any team and play for a couple of years and not get a sniff of the Super Bowl turf…sign with the Patriots now and PLAY in SB 51….GUARANTEED!

  74. tomf1951 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:30 PM

    Several teams, including the ’07 Patriots, came close to running the table (16 game season), however, next season’s Patriots may truly and finally DO IT!

  75. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 19, 2016 5:05 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 9:47 AM
    Except the idea is to contend not pretend.

    Green Bay fans are experts on pretenders. I lost count.. What is it, 27 preseason super bowl championships in a row now?
    ——————–

    Beats heck out of me, I am an AFC guy. I do know GB beat my team in the SB in ’96 though and won another since.

  76. raiderapologist says: Feb 19, 2016 5:50 PM

    So he’s saying he’s not good enough to help put a team in contention, and just wants to go along for the ride? Sweet.

  77. kitmandew says: Feb 19, 2016 7:05 PM

    Panthers are the only choice if you want to play in the NFC….clearly the best team for the next five years bar none…everything else in the conference will clearly be second best… Not even up for discussion!

  78. trybhumble says: Feb 20, 2016 1:32 AM

    It doesn’t matter if the squealers land him they will get their ass kiked by the Pats, as always, but keep the wishful thinking trolls.

  79. steelersfan1356 says: Feb 21, 2016 5:08 PM

    Honestly guys, the Panther could’ve been a bust. Now one season going to the Super Bowl doesn’t make you a all the time Super Bowl contender. He won’t go to Oakland, Denver, Panthers or any of these other teams except for one that has a major probability to it. Pittsburgh, now I’m not saying this because I’m a Steelers fan, but the reason why I’m saying this is because they are a team that has a chance of going to the Super Bowl. They have one of if not the best offense in the league. They have a franchise qauterback and receiver and running back if Bell doesn’t keep getting injuries. Now the problem with the Steelers is their Pass Defense and he would be a perfect fit considering we already have two great cornerback in Will Gay and Antwon Blake. We also have Mike Mitchell who already is a FS. Why not put Weddle at SS. It’s the only team that makes sense in my mind, what about yours. Guys don’t be biased about this ok stop wasting your breath Carolina fans. He isn’t going there and if he does I will be shocked. The Pats of course would probably like to pick him up but I don’t think Belicheat will go for him. Weddle is a very simple but talented player. He looking for a Super Bowl team and why not go to the one that has the most.

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