Eric Weddle not present for first day of voluntary workouts

AP

The Chargers’ top defensive back was a no-show for the first day of the team’s voluntary workouts Monday.

Safety Eric Weddle, a three-time Pro Bowler, is seeking a new contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported.

In an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune‘s Kevin Acee, Weddle expressed unhappiness with the Chargers’ unwillingness, at least at this point, to come to the table with a new deal. Weddle is the final year of his contract and set to make $7.5 million in 2015.

“I feel highly, highly disrespected,” Weddle told the Union-Tribune in a story published Monday.

Weddle, 30, told the Union-Tribune he wanted to stay in San Diego for the remainder of his career, but he also felt a need to show the Chargers that he was “not very happy” regarding the lack of progress in negotiations.

The matter of how to pay Weddle in the next deal could be tricky for San Diego. By the 2016 postseason, he will be 32 years old. However, he has not missed a game since 2009.

Weddle notched 119 tackles and intercepted one pass a season ago for San Diego, for which he’s been a starter the last seven seasons.

16 responses to “Eric Weddle not present for first day of voluntary workouts

  1. $7.5 million in the final year of a 5 year $40 million dollar deal is “highly, highly disrespect[ful]”? Why do players always complain they want more, will do less to get it, rather than play it out on the field & earn that next payday? I understand the risk of injury is there, but it’s always there. Why can’t they just say they won’t take the unneeded risk due to it being a contract year & ended at that, rather than saying the old go to line of being disrespected?

  2. I thought Eric was above the ‘disrespected’ nonsense that so many ignorant players use.

  3. Coming from an Eagles fan great safeties are hard to find in the NFL.. pay the man!

  4. The best defensive player the Chargers have had the last several seasons. The Chargers will screw this up too. true to form.

  5. Chargers made him the highest paid safety in the league 4 years ago. Now he feels “highly disrespected” I think he needs to get his priorities sorted

  6. Disrespected? I live in SD, and couldn’t believe the contract he got last time. This dude is known to loaf on plays and I have seen it over and over. He has skills, no doubt, but is amazingly overrated. He stands out because most of the D in SD sucks. Easy to shine with nothing around you.

  7. Bunch of haters! E32W has been a durable and a classy guy. Yes he got paid in the past…betcha all wud da bitched had he left SD back then. “Disrespect” is based on the fact that he and his agent have gone to the Chargers and they havent shown any interest to even talk. E32W is a pros pro and HELL, we cud still have Marlon “go down!” McCree! Either way we shall see how u guys thrashing E32W CHANGE ur tone about “Respect” if the Chargers up and leave for LA. GO bolts!

  8. Weddle has had a terrific career but it is easy for guys like him to have a huge drop off. Like a running back, all of those safety collisions add up. Management letting him play out his contract isn’t disrespectful; it is prudent.

  9. Bolts cut him and Colts sign him. We need a safety and our GM pays big bucks to players that are 30 and older. All in. Super Bowl or bust.

  10. The Chargers and their fans made this guy out to be much better than he really is.

    You made your bed, now sleep in it.

    Choo choo!

  11. He intercepted 2 passes. I don’t care what the refs called. That one handed-snag was lights out awesome.

    Telesco, pay the man. Don’t screw this up.

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