Chargers plan to discuss new deal with Eric Weddle

By Ernie Padaon

The San Diego Chargers plan to meet with Eric Weddle to discuss a new contract. 

Eric Weddle didn’t show up to voluntary training camp with the San Diego Chargers earlier this week because he felt disrespected for the lack of contract talks between the two sides. He wants to remain a Charger for the rest of his career and wants to secure a new deal with the team, but he would like to begin some negotiations soon for a new deal.

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At least he was disrespected for the lack of communication and it was not because the dollar amount that he saw was disrespectful. We know that Weddle will be asking for top dollar though.

The Chargers have yet to reach out to him, but Tom Telesco has said that the team will have discussions with them at some point. The team likely is keeping their focus on the NFL draft at the moment and then will look at renewing contracts with their free agents after. That would include new contracts for Weddle, Philip Rivers and Corey Liuget. At least we hope.

The Chargers need to make Eric a very happy man. He has been the MVP on the defensive side of the ball for a long time and really has not had any consistent players around him. The Chargers are starting to build a base of good players around him with Jason Verrett and Brandon Flowers in the secondary. The team also has high hopes for Manti Te’o, Jeremiah Attaochu and Melvin Ingram. The Chargers need to keep their defensive captain on the roster though.

In Eric’s 8 seasons in the league, he has been selected to the Pro Bowl 3 times and is a 2-time First-Team All-Pro player. He has a total of 19 interceptions in his career. He has not missed a game since 2009 and is the captain for the defense. He needs to be brought back.