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Eric Weddle wants to play 3-5 years for a contender

<> at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2015 in San Diego, California. Getty Images

Safety Eric Weddle is coming off a frustrating final season with the Chargers as injuries and squabbles with the team kept him from ending his run in San Diego on the field in his customary lead role on defense.

On Monday, Weddle will have a chance to start talking to other teams about finding a more rewarding place to spend the 2016 season and beyond. In a chat with Peter King of TheMMQB.com, Weddle said that he feels like he has several more years left in him because he’s never been hurt before last season and that he’d like to spend those years competing for Super Bowls.

“I’ve got 3-5 years left in me,” Weddle said. “I want to go somewhere I have a chance to win a Super Bowl. Until last year, I’ve never been injured. I’ve never had surgery. I don’t drink, I don’t go out. My shoulders, back, legs, hip, they’re all fine. I think I bring a lot to a team.”

Weddle said he feels like he would be a good fit with the Patriots, Panthers, Steelers and Raiders. King notes that the Raiders have to spend a lot of money this year to satisfy the terms of the CBA, which could give them a leg up in the chase for a player like Weddle as he could step into Charles Woodson’s spot in the lineup while taking some of that money that needs to be spent.

They may be further away from the Super Bowl than some of those other teams, but Weddle would get a chance to face the Chargers twice on top of everything else the Raiders would be giving him as part of a deal this week.

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43 Responses to “Eric Weddle wants to play 3-5 years for a contender”
  1. jacoby66forhof says: Mar 7, 2016 7:46 AM

    The Raiders are a Super Bowl contender?

  2. patriottony says: Mar 7, 2016 7:50 AM

    Rodney Harrison (member him?) has been working this deal from the get go..for NEW ENGLAND

  3. jjb0811 says: Mar 7, 2016 7:55 AM

    They all say they have 3-5 left in them. When your 31 and being dropped by a non-contender, you may have 1 year left and that is at a B/U position.

  4. 6ball says: Mar 7, 2016 7:57 AM

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    The Raiders may not be that far away. I’d expect the AFC West to be highly competitive next year, as Denver slides back a bit.
    .

  5. robigd says: Mar 7, 2016 8:07 AM

    This guy should shut his mouth and let his agent do the talking.

    Pigeon hole yourself to 4 teams including the Raiders as a contender and you want people to think you don’t drink and go out?

    Good luck, Eric.

  6. conormacleod says: Mar 7, 2016 8:08 AM

    Surprised he didn’t say Vikings.

  7. summitmech says: Mar 7, 2016 8:13 AM

    Superbowl contender that needs another good safety to get there. Minnesota is that exactly. That team is only going up, and some smart veteran talent would fit quite nicely in there. Not sure how similar the defensive schemes are though.

    Anyone else aware of that?

  8. DaveKShape says: Mar 7, 2016 8:16 AM

    Unlike Vernon Davis, this guy actually has 3-5 years left.

  9. igornathanhiggers says: Mar 7, 2016 8:27 AM

    Forget Weddle!!!

    He had his chance to leave to go play for a contender…He had his chance to leave and go get that big contract… But no, he didnt wanna give up the San Diego weather and women!

    I hope no contenders waste their time on this fool…like Matt Leinart, football doesn’t come first for this fraud!

  10. flbills says: Mar 7, 2016 8:30 AM

    Non-contender with deep pockets–Jacksonville, is looking hard at this guy.

  11. willycents says: Mar 7, 2016 8:32 AM

    Weddle said. “I want to go somewhere I have a chance to win a Super Bowl.

    Says every player in the NFL.

  12. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 7, 2016 8:33 AM

    Steelers? Contenders? For what? Hahahahahahaha!

  13. stillers213 says: Mar 7, 2016 8:35 AM

    He would definitely be an upgrade over Mitchell in Pittsburgh. Plus, I would no longer have to witness Mitchell celebrating a tackle after giving up a first down.

  14. RegisHawk says: Mar 7, 2016 8:42 AM

    Maybe Jerruh can get Romo, Vernon and Eric together and create the “All Has-Been Team” for players who still think they have 3-5 years left in the tank…

  15. jagsfan1 says: Mar 7, 2016 8:47 AM

    Guess that rules the Jags out…we have a need and the money.

    Contender thing? Not so much.

  16. dietrich43 says: Mar 7, 2016 8:55 AM

    He would be great in the Black and Gold, especially if he does a charity shave with Kiesel.

  17. damadhatterb says: Mar 7, 2016 9:05 AM

    Not lookin too hot for the Jaguars to snag him now, huh?

    Looks like they better start considering welcoming back someone like Reggie Nelson or pursue Tashaun Gipson because it’s looking like Ramsey is going to be gone by pick 5.

  18. chargersdiehard says: Mar 7, 2016 9:12 AM

    Another player chased away by the Chargers. I’m sure he will find more success elsewhere like Seau, Harrison, Sproles, Brees..etc
    I wish the Chargers brass would stop this crap.

  19. bassplucker says: Mar 7, 2016 9:14 AM

    But no, he didnt wanna give up the San Diego weather and women!
    —————
    And the problem with that is…???

  20. ohand16 says: Mar 7, 2016 9:16 AM

    Panthers? I thought he was interested in a contender. He’s going to make a perfect Steeler. Overrated loud mouth on the downside of his career.

  21. snowdood163 says: Mar 7, 2016 9:29 AM

    6ball says:
    Mar 7, 2016 7:57 AM
    .
    The Raiders may not be that far away. I’d expect the AFC West to be highly competitive next year, as Denver slides back a bit.
    .

    Same thing was said last off season, but everyone was picking the Chiefs to dethrone the Broncos. Although it’s an easy prediction considering the Broncos can’t do any better than this year.

  22. steelcurtainn says: Mar 7, 2016 9:32 AM

    The Steelers are definitely contenders. I wouldn’t hold out to much hope the steelers pick up weddle although he would be a short term upgrade.

  23. mt10425 says: Mar 7, 2016 9:34 AM

    Weddle steps right in for HOF Woodsen. Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Please. Stop making this ridiculous comparison. The ‘contender’ who signs him and thinks he’s the final piece, will be a non-contender like the Chargers who watched him ‘organize’ the secondary and be late in coverage, miss tackles and drop easy interceptions.

  24. jjackwagon says: Mar 7, 2016 9:36 AM

    On the wrong side of 30 does not get you a big contract…with a contender. You get one or the other. Big contract OR contender.

    BTW thinking that the Steelers and Raiders are contenders indicates a need for concussion protocols. Which also doesn’t bode well for getting a big contract.

  25. jets4everandever says: Mar 7, 2016 9:49 AM

    He would good in the jets system with todd bowls..if we had the money this year..

  26. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 7, 2016 9:57 AM

    Sign him up Cleveland!

  27. icanspeel says: Mar 7, 2016 9:58 AM

    We’ll see if he really wants to go to a contender or not. Very good chance non-contender’s will throw more money his way.

  28. Tail says: Mar 7, 2016 9:59 AM

    Everyone busting on the Raiders being mentioned as a contender obviously haven’t been paying attention. If they have a fairly decent offseason they are just that. You fools did hear Al Davis passed away right ? Give it a rest, Go bust on the Browns, now they suck !

  29. charliecharger says: Mar 7, 2016 10:10 AM

    So he wants to wait for a team to climb to the top of the mountain, and then jump aboard for the easy ride downhill? I’d be looking for guys like Reggie White and Justin Smith, who wanted to actually help get a team to the super bowl.

  30. keepcalmandskolon says: Mar 7, 2016 10:11 AM

    Some have mentioned the Vikings, and there may be a connection that would make/not make that happen. Don’t forget, our current O Coordinator is Norv Turner, who was Weddle’s head coach from 2007 – 2012. So there is a history there. Not saying it’s going to happen or should happen, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Zimmer didn’t at least ask Norv about him…

  31. jbraider says: Mar 7, 2016 11:01 AM

    jagsfan1 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 8:47 AM

    Guess that rules the Jags out…we have a need and the money.

    Contender thing? Not so much.
    _____________
    Where’s the love? The Raiders and the Jags are both building solid teams the right way, and will both be playoff teams within 2 years. I’ve seen Weddle play enough to know that I want him in the silver and black, but really I think Jax (with the weather, the core of young talent, and the crappy division) has a good story to tell as well.

  32. swagger52 says: Mar 7, 2016 11:24 AM

    If he is considering the Steelers, then he should for sure choose the Ravens – since they own the Steelers.

  33. radrntn says: Mar 7, 2016 11:43 AM

    time will tell, but out of the above teams the Raiders and Panthers are the only ones heading in the right direction (upwards). All those other teams have been good for a long time, but other teams in their divisions are getting better. Meaning they have peaked.

  34. radrntn says: Mar 7, 2016 11:46 AM

    snowdood163 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 9:29 AM
    6ball says:
    Mar 7, 2016 7:57 AM
    .
    The Raiders may not be that far away. I’d expect the AFC West to be highly competitive next year, as Denver slides back a bit.
    .

    Same thing was said last off season, but everyone was picking the Chiefs to dethrone the Broncos. Although it’s an easy prediction considering the Broncos can’t do any better than this year.
    ….

    Not sure who did not pick the Broncos last year with Peyton…..but now that there is no Peyton, a whole different chapter, and I concur a step back

  35. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 7, 2016 11:58 AM

    Wait a minute, I thought all these “contenders” build through the draft, not free agency. Hypocritical manure spreaders.

  36. greenlargo says: Mar 7, 2016 1:20 PM

    patriottony says:
    Mar 7, 2016 7:50 AM
    Rodney Harrison (member him?) has been working this deal from the get go..for NEW ENGLAND

    ———————————————–

    He would have to come real cheap for NE to take him. The Pats only have so much money they can spend and despite how good Weddle is (for today anyhow) safety is not one of the positions the Pats need immediate improvement on.

  37. greenlargo says: Mar 7, 2016 1:25 PM

    I agree the Raiders are not a contender at this time. But they offer the best business arrangement for him and no matter what he says his agent is not going to let him take less to go to a team that is closer.

    To those talking Vikings, they too are on the rise but are not yet as close to contending as some here seem to think. Weddle would help, but not make them a contender right away. Hang in there, it’s very good team still growing.

  38. jgedgar70 says: Mar 7, 2016 4:54 PM

    I’ve read dozens of stories about free agents this offseason, and every one of them that mentions Eric Weddle has a quote from him that the one and only thing he wants now is a ring. And every story follows that up with an insinuation that the only thing he wants is the maximum possible dollar value in a contract – things like “the Panthers are a fit, but his price tag is likely too high” or “most players want to play for Belichick, but the Pats may not be able to afford him,” etc.

    Nothing wrong with a max contract if that is the truth, but it seems like absolutely no one on this Earth believes Weddle when he says he only wants a ring. If he really wants nothing more than a ring, he needs to sign with the team that has his former defensive coordinator and was in the Super Bowl a month ago – the Panthers.

  39. gisellichek says: Mar 7, 2016 5:00 PM

    The Patriots don’t need a safety… and especially for the money he is gonna want… The Patriots need Linebackers and O Lineman… If they make a splash on the free agent market it will be there.

    IMO

  40. ontboltfan says: Mar 7, 2016 7:36 PM

    Weddle was good but his play in 2015 was nowhere near the $10M his ridiculous and bloated cap hit.

    Obviously he had no intentions of accepting less in a long term deal and he is free to walk Another good but overpaid AJ Smith draftee.

  41. badmoonrison says: Mar 7, 2016 8:40 PM

    Its true the Raiders arent a legit superbowl contender, Im a realist and I hate homers, but we’re definitely in the running to at least make the playoffs. We have one of the weaker schedules in years in 2016, donks are on a downslope plus we split with them last year proving we can contend, the chiefs are good yes theyre a legit threat, but SD has been and will be the bottom feeder.

    7-9 is not that far from 10-6.

  42. raiderapologist says: Mar 7, 2016 9:51 PM

    jacoby66forhof says:
    Mar 7, 2016 7:46 AM

    The Raiders are a Super Bowl contender?
    ———————–
    Not yet, but closer than you think. Weddle isn’t the guy to get them over the hump, though.

  43. icanspeel says: Mar 8, 2016 7:42 PM

    How about the Raiders finish a year over .500 before we talk about them being contenders

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