Clarity on Eric Weddle’s next destination coming this week

AP

With free agency firmly in phase two, safety Eric Weddle has moved to the top of the list of available talent. Later this week, more clarity about his next destination will emerge.

As noted by Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Weddle has four offers on the table. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Weddle has decided to keep the identity of all interested teams secret.

Two of the offers are expected to be rejected without a counter, reducing the final field to two franchises. Apparently, Weddle’s discretion is aimed at ensuring fans and players on teams that are (or aren’t) in the hunt won’t react negatively toward that franchise (or, possibly, to him) once he chooses another destination.

Of course, that type of unusual secrecy will prompt some to suggest that, if Weddle isn’t naming the interested teams, one or more of them are fictitious, aimed at squeezing perhaps the one team that is interested. Regardless, an answer seems to be coming soon from the well-respect 30-year-old who has made it to three Pro Bowls and who has been named a first-team All Pro twice.

87 responses to “Clarity on Eric Weddle’s next destination coming this week

  1. Pretty sure if you connect the dots from previous comments Weddle has made, the 4 teams are the Raiders, Steelers, Patriots & Panthers. Only team that “as of now” doesn’t fit his desire to play for a contender is the Raiders. But he is a California kid so that may factor in. In my opinion he will narrow it down to the Steelers & Panthers. I don’t think the Patriots will give him a big contract.

  2. I hope he comes to the Redskins! McCloughan is building a perenial playoff roster slowly but surely. We’ll probably be equivalent to what we were last year in 2016 but in 2017 we could be a contender. Signing a supremely talented FS like Weddle would help get us further in that direction.

  3. But buyer beware. Weddle is coming off a groin injury & hasn’t been a playmaker in the cast couple years. 1 INT in the past 2 seasons and only 3 in the past 3 years.

    Talk all the trash you want about San Diego but there is a reason they had no desire to retain him. He is starting to show his age and hasn’t been dominate since 2012.

  4. Weddle needs to go to the RAIDERS to take over Woodson’s old spot. RAIDERS have the cash steelers don’t… He will stay in Cali and beat his old team 2 times a year!! #weddlesbeard!! GO RAIDERS!!!

  5. Charger fans will miss Weddle.. The organization is making a huge mistake – obviously, this is a mickey mouse organization that adopted a scorched earth policy thinking that they are a lock for LA and now they are back trying to salvage the relationship with the San Diego fans that they spurned for more than a year.. The Chargers will never win a Super Bowl as long as the Spanos goofs own this team.

  6. Where he signs will truly indicate if he’s in it for the money, or after a chance at a ring. The big spenders from last week will most likely all be the same place we all will be when the post season begins next year- at home on the couch watching them. Most of the quality teams from the playoffs last year probably don’t need an aging, overpriced safety. That said, paper champs of free agency= have at it!

  7. lanjoith says:
    Mar 13, 2016 2:56 PM
    But buyer beware. Weddle is coming off a groin injury & hasn’t been a playmaker in the cast couple years. 1 INT in the past 2 seasons and only 3 in the past 3 years.

    Talk all the trash you want about San Diego but there is a reason they had no desire to retain him. He is starting to show his age and hasn’t been dominate since 2012.
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    That’s what they said about Charles Woodson too

  8. The 4 teams are actually Dallas, Oakland, Pittsburgh, & Baltimore for all of you who don’t know! And I’d be willing to bet he signs with dallas or Pittsburgh! Only 2 of the 4 that have SB potential! Yes Dallas sucked last year but we’re missing half there offense for most of the year so with everyone healthy and hopefully a good draft we will be legit once again! Weddle could help us be relevant again!

  9. When we had him, all you clowns ripped him fir being average at best and the Chargers for paying him so much. It doesn’t matter where he goes, it won’t change being short, slow and age/performance-challenged.

  10. Not buying 4 teams. Pittsbugh has no money(as usual) and safety is one of New England’s strongest positions. I’ll bet Oakland offered more money and Weddle could stay on the west coast vs having a better chance to win in Carolina, but taking less money and having to move his family.

  11. T Murph .not that they don’t have money. They usually don’t spend big in free agency.what you actually think Oakland has money playing a crap stadium with half of upper deck tarped off.

  12. Let’s see. Move out of beautiful So Calofornia to be in Pittsburgh ? LMAO I think not. The team may be decent but the Pittsburgh area is horrible. And, that’s being polite. To live in or around Pittsburgh is not much different then living in a depressed third world country.

  13. Not buying 4 teams. Pittsbugh has no money(as usual) and safety is one of New England’s strongest positions. I’ll bet Oakland offered more money and Weddle could stay on the west coast vs having a better chance to win in Carolina, but taking less money and having to move his family.

    Hey Teddy nofacts all mouth do you know exactly what the Steelers have in cap space and what they will do to create more? Of course the answer is you are just exercising your room temperature IQ. Keep working on it Teddy.

    Waddle will go to a west coast team because he hates the cold… Just ask him?

  14. Let’s see. Move out of beautiful So Calofornia to be in Pittsburgh ? LMAO I think not. The team may be decent but the Pittsburgh area is horrible. And, that’s being polite. To live in or around Pittsburgh is not much different then living in a depressed third world country.

    Trying getting out once in awhile. If you are talking climate you are correct if you are talking people then you are just plain stupid. My guess is you are arrogant and stupid.

  15. Oakland had 70 mil in cap room going into free agency, 2nd most in the league. They have to spend as well, to get to the 89% minimum. Ticket sales are almost irrelevant, it’s about revenue sharing.

    It IS that Pittsburgh doesn’t have money. They never do. They have about 3 mil in cap room. Yes they sign their own picks. To bad contracts they keep restructuring every year. Although, they did sign a decent mid range TE. In general they don’t sign big ticket FAs because they can’t. Their 2ndary has been terrible for years, but they can’t afford to get help and have mostly whiffed in the draft.

  16. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 13, 2016 4:32 PM
    Not buying 4 teams. Pittsbugh has no money(as usual)

    Actually Pittsburgh has $3.6 million after all their deals plus a number of possible restructures. They signed Green the TE to a 4 year $20 million contract with about $1.25 cap hit this year. Weddle won’t come that cheap but I wouldn’t count them out just yet. If they want a player they can be very creative.

  17. Weddle probably wants to stay on the west coast because he grew up there and has played his whole career there. It doesn’t get that cold in Carolina. I’m sure Mr. Football already knew that though.

  18. I believe the Patriots are in on it, but I don’t think the offer will be enough. Pats not hurting that bad at safety. Sure would be nice to add that talent.

  19. opkaos says:
    Mar 13, 2016 4:27 PM
    T Murph .not that they don’t have money. They usually don’t spend big in free agency.what you actually think Oakland has money playing a crap stadium with half of upper deck tarped off.
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    It’s clear to everyone that you don’t understand what you’re talking about but I have to ask you, what the basis for your sentence structure, do you merely guess where periods and caps go?

    My God man.

  20. tedmurph You calling me Mr Football? About time. I am the guru! You might be right that he wants to stay on the West coast but rumor has it he will only sign with a contender that is close. That leaves Oakland out. The big players are NE, Carolina and Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has the least money and I doubt NE will spend that much. If I had to pick I’d say Carolina is where he goes. You heard it here from the Guru!

  21. The Steelers have no money… then what are they offering Russell Okung, who they just made an undisclosed offer to earlier today, per reports? They aren’t offering him pierogies…

    Do the Steelers have a ton of money to work with under the cap? No, but they are in the best cap shape they have been in for years, and that is before restructuring Lawrence Timmons’s deal (which is likely to happen). I for one am enjoying the fact that the Steelers not only have a few dollars available, but seem willing to spend some of it wisely if possible.

  22. If it truly is 4 teams and he won’t name the 2, all 4 play each other. After that the last 2 have to be contenders,so can we assume 1 is AFC thr other NFC? If so look at schedule and you’ll find out its Panthers and Pats. Well that’s my guess,but just hope he involved Fam since he says it’s about winning and Fam.

  23. He’s Family Wants To Stay in California, Raiders May End Up In L.A Or San Diego, Nothing Better Like California Weather,RM Will Not Over Pay But Weddle Will Do What’s Best For His Family, Plus He Wants To Stay In The AFCW So Welcome To The Silver And Black Weddle Family.

  24. If they sign Ukung is he really an upgrade over Beachum? Are they just playing gms with Beachum? Can they make competitive offers to teams like the Giants, that do have money? Do they cut Timmons if he won’t restructure? Do they carry a ton of dead money, like they did with Woodley and Colon? We’ll see. You can always make room if you want a player, but every year it’s a scramble due to poor cap mgmt in Pitts. Oh well, they’ll save a little money on MBryant.

  25. I agree with lanjoith above:

    Weddle was great when the position was weak in the AFC.

    He got burned so bad so many times last year especially in the opener when Amerr Abdullah broke ankles on him.

    He is good at straight on tackles but if you get him in open space it shows how slow and uninstictive he has become.. I believe SD will miss his devotion to the city and team leadership even though know one wanted to hear him last year when he offered help to younger guys.

    I would sign him to a one year make it or break it deal and of course Oakland will overpay in the neighborhood of 3/18mill but I wouldn’t give a 30 year plus guy a ton of money when his position primarily requires youth and speed. He will not catch fast guys ala Colin Kap in space or even Amari Cooper again like last year so I don’t think he is deciding on where to go, I believe teams are trying to figure out what to pay him after going back and watching game film. Save your money teams and draft younger and bring him in solely for veteran experience but not to expect he will keep everything in front of him cause he will get burned like Ed Reed did in his last two years and Reed was a badass.

  26. tebowedoutofthepostseasonandnevertooreturn says:
    Mar 13, 2016 4:48 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 13, 2016 4:32 PM
    Not buying 4 teams. Pittsbugh has no money(as usual)

    Actually Pittsburgh has $3.6 million after all their deals plus a number of possible restructures. They signed Green the TE to a 4 year $20 million contract with about $1.25 cap hit this year. Weddle won’t come that cheap but I wouldn’t count them out just yet. If they want a player they can be very creative.
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    They are sitting at 3.14M, and need money for the rookie pool. They will need to borrow from the future if they want to sign more FAs.

  27. Mr Football was directed elsewhere. The reason I don’t see the Pats is they threw a lot of money at McCourty last yr. Chung played well for them. They invested a 3rd rnd pick on a player they like in Harmon, a 2nd rnd pick last yr on a guy from Stanford, they just reupped Ebner, etc. They have bigger needs. The Pats have no decent skill players after Gronk and Edelman(I think Amendola is out too, Hogan, meh).

  28. opkaos says:
    Mar 13, 2016 4:27 PM

    T Murph .not that they don’t have money. They usually don’t spend big in free agency.what you actually think Oakland has money playing a crap stadium with half of upper deck tarped off.
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    You might want to have your mom proofread your work before you post it. Save yourself some embarrassment, junior.

  29. connect the dots folks……..

    He is born in California, as is his wife, and all of their family are in Ca.

    Raiders are in the AFC west, and he would be able to still play the chargers twice a year.

    As far as steelers, weddle knows big ben is right up their in age with his current QB Phillip Rivers, along with the other old timers like Drew Brees , Tony Romo, Carson Palmer, etc..he would be better off with a young QB like Carr, or Newton….

    Even if Weddle signs with the Raiders, I would still consider taking the safety from Boise St. in the second rd. With that said i would not give Weddle more the a three yr deal worth no more than 20 mil

  30. Longtime Chiefs, fan and a proponent of the best division in football; (AFC West).
    I’ve seen more than my share of Broncos, Raiders and Chargers games.
    I love to see it when these teams play each other.
    AFC West teams overall are underrated. There is an unapologetic media bias for the (overrated) NFC East and AFC North teams.
    All that being said, I don’t see the deep fascination for Eric Weedle.
    Charles Woodson was more impressive in his final two seasons, than Weedle.
    Eric Berry made All-Pro; after coming back from chemotherapy.
    T.J. Ward is a beast in the defensive back end for Denver.
    Heck, #22 Jason Verret of the same San Diego Chargers, is a dangerous (dirty) hitter; Jahleel Addel is also no joke for the Chargers.
    Eric Weedle has never jumped off my tv screen, like these other AFC West Safeties/DB’s.
    I’ve seeen Weedle make some nice plays on Special Teams, but nothing on the defensive side.
    I say, buyer beware.

  31. With that said i would not give Weddle more the a three yr deal worth no more than 20 mil

    No way that gets it done. Not even close.

  32. Weddle is still worth a 2 year deal at minimum. Soon as he signs with the Raiders here comes all the haters talking about how he hasn’t done nothing is too old this and that….you also have to consider the weak defense that was around him. In Oakland he’ll just need to compliment the other pieces the Raiders have put together. The rest of the league sees the Raiders coming in the rear view mirror and there’s nothing they can do about it.

  33. tedmurph says:
    Mar 13, 2016 6:00 PM
    With that said i would not give Weddle more the a three yr deal worth no more than 20 mil

    No way that gets it done. Not even close.
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    two words then…..oh well! Same goes for Donald Penn.

  34. Weddle was angry at the Bolts for not offering him a long term lucrative contract last year. Weddle is learning that no one else wants to offer him a long term contract with big guaranteed money.

  35. Joetoronto, I love reading you clown on our trolls. Good one brother!

    As for Beardman, sure we’d love to have you on the S&B. We just ask for your leadership and dont ask us to break the bank.

  36. raiderapologist says:
    Mar 13, 2016 5:31 PM
    tebowedoutofthepostseasonandnevertooreturn says:
    Mar 13, 2016 4:48 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 13, 2016 4:32 PM
    Not buying 4 teams. Pittsbugh has no money(as usual)

    Actually Pittsburgh has $3.6 million after all their deals plus a number of possible restructures. They signed Green the TE to a 4 year $20 million contract with about $1.25 cap hit this year. Weddle won’t come that cheap but I wouldn’t count them out just yet. If they want a player they can be very creative.
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    They are sitting at 3.14M, and need money for the rookie pool. They will need to borrow from the future if they want to sign more FAs.

    I read earlier today $3.69 Mill but not worth getting in a pissing contest over a $.5 mill.

    Both Pouncey and Heyward were due bonuses TODAY from prior restructures. Don’t be surprised if the news next week is that both redid their contracts this week freeing up a lot o money. You read it here!

    C. Allen has been asked to take a pay cut. If not he’ll be a June cut freeing up around $4 million to sign draft picks. Also Timmons contract will be redone and if needed there is room to redo Ben’s contract.

  37. I agree with the Chiefs fan above, Weddle is anything to get overly excited about. He hasn’t been all that good in a long time and when he was playing well it wasn’t like he was a shut down kind of guy. If Oakland gets him for something in the neighborhood of 4 million a year great, if not then draft a safety

  38. Seems like a lot of cloak-and-dagger for a guy whose best years are in the rearview mirror and receding quickly. I realize the safety position in the NFL is quite possibly 2nd only to QB in overall lack of quality but this seems like a lot of drama around somebody who at this point is a competent starter and nothing more.

  39. I think we all know he had a rough year, playing injured, until he fianlly went on the IR, but to say he has lost it, etc….here is what PFF said about him at the end of the 2014 season a couple of years ago. They had him as the 22nd best player in the nfl.

    22. Eric Weddle, S, San Diego Chargers (96th)
    Excellent in coverage, a force against the run and versatile enough you can do multiple things with him. The Swiss army knife of safeties comes with a guarantee to make plays and not give up many on the backend, as evidenced by the paltry 77.4 QB rating passers had throwing at him.

    Best Performance: Week 12, SL @ SD, +3.9

    Key Stat: No safety had a better grade than Weddle during 2014 season.

  40. 22. “a force against the run.”

    In the first three games last year he was run over and whiffed several times.

    Probably on youtube…watch Adrian Peterson steamroll Weddle. In week one watch the Lions RB completely juke him out for a TD.

    Guy is a liability.

  41. A grand total of zero reports have Weddle linked to Dallas.

    Sorry Cowboy fans, he said he wants to play for a contender and that’s not you.

    The only reason the Raiders are on the list is because they have a ton of money to spend and he wouldn’t have to move his family.

    If he truly wants a shot at a ring next year it’s Steelers, Pats or Panthers.

  42. Weddle is good friends with former Steelers safety Ryan Clark. He tweeted him over the weekend that he would “be honored” to wear Clark’s #25 if he joins the Steelers. That means he is already done his homework that his #32 is not available (Franco Harris).

    Don’t believe it, check his timeline.

  43. radrntn says:
    Mar 13, 2016 5:43 PM
    connect the dots folks……..

    He is born in California, as is his wife, and all of their family are in Ca.

    Raiders are in the AFC west, and he would be able to still play the chargers twice a year.

    As far as steelers, weddle knows big ben is right up their in age with his current QB Phillip Rivers, along with the other old timers like Drew Brees , Tony Romo, Carson Palmer, etc..he would be better off with a young QB like Carr, or Newton….

    Even if Weddle signs with the Raiders, I would still consider taking the safety from Boise St. in the second rd. With that said i would not give Weddle more the a three yr deal worth no more than 20 mil

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    Do you think throwing out contract terms makes you sound smart? Seriously? You sound like a buffoon, cause anyone with a clue, knows that the overall numbers are the most pointless thing on the planet. I could sign him to a 4 year 63 million dollar contract, that only contains 6.4 million in guarantees, and all due in the first year, that would be more logical than a 3 year 20 mil deal, that has guarantees carried through.

    Let me help…. I wouldn’t commit to a long term cap hit on a guy of his age.

    ^^^^ Makes a WHOLE lot more sense.

  44. One stat on Weddle that everyone overlooks that makes him so valueable that he draws very few penalties. He has had like seven flags against him in his entire career. He may get burned a time or two, but he is one of the smartest at his position out there. Look at what happened to Cincy in the playoffs last year to see where his value comes in. This future former Charger fan will miss him. He was totally burned by the Chargers, and this fan does not blame him for being bitter. My guess is Oakland as he gets to play his old team twice a year and make them pay with his knowledge and talent. Good luck Eric, this fan wishes you nothing but the best!

  45. Ok ok. Pittsburgh is far from exciting, glamorous, or “fun in the sun”, but let’s be honest-
    The majority of California is filthy strip malls, graffiti, and trash blowing across the street in front of you. On top of that, the air smells deep-fried.

    Joke on Pittsburgh all you like, but choose somewhere besides LA to make your analogy. Los Angeles is a landfill.

  46. With Peyton gone in Denver and the Raiders looking much better with a great group of young talent and 3 monster FA signings a couple days ago, they are going to make the playoffs this year.

    While Oakland has the money to spend and the need, RM will not overpay and since California is a high tax state due to the incompetent Democrats that run it, he may opt for the money and go elsewhere where there is little or no state income tax.

  47. An aging, injury-prone Safety is definitely what the Raiders need.

    Sincerely,
    The rest of the AFC West

  48. Ok drama.

    Worst case teams involved can draft another safety and pay less for a younger faster player…

    Next…..

  49. I’m officially tired of hearing about Eric Weddle. He’s a nice player, but in the end he’s a 31-year old safety who has never won a playoff game. To pretend that he is the missing piece for any number of teams is ridiculous.

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