When leaving a job you’ve enjoyed for several years, at the very least, you hope the departure is met with handshakes, fond farewells, and sincere gratitude for a job well done. The partying of ways for Eric Weddle and the San Diego Chargers didn’t appear to be as cordial.
“I probably won’t speak to them again.” San Diego Union-Tribune
And so it goes. The All-Pro free safety has played his last game for the Chargers. The relationship seemed to sour rapidly as the season ended. During San Diego’s final home game of the year, Weddle stayed out to watch his daughter perform during the halftime show. The move resulted in a $10,000 fine. According to ESPN, Weddle never asked for permission.
“Weddle never asked permission to remain on the sideline to watch his daughter perform at halftime; he simply didn’t show up in the locker room, a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder.” ESPN
On December 28th, amidst a slew of roster moves, the Chargers put Weddle on injured reserve due to a groin issue, ending his season. A few days later the safety was running sprints in front of the media during open practice.
In a season that started with hopes of a contract extension and ended with fines and a contentious roster move, Weddle enters 2016 as an unrestricted free agent. Any number of teams can benefit from the nine year pro. It’s highly doubtful San Diego will be one of them. Early speculation has him going south.
“San Diego’s Eric Weddle, an impending free agent, would welcome a Dolphins’ offer, but he would be costly.” Miami Herald
Staying in the AFC will give Weddle a great chance at meeting his old club. But he can’t be thinking about playing against the Chargers already, right?
“I hope we kill them,” Weddle said with a smile. “That’s the only way I know how to (play). Whoever I’m with, I’m rolling with. … We’ll see. I’m sure (the matchup) will happen.” San Diego Union-Tribune
Since football can be poetic at times, the Chargers host the Miami Dolphins in the 2016 season.