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.