Eric Weddle is still an effective player in the league, though sadly it’s no longer with the Chargers. However, he spent nine productive seasons with the team and made a lasting impact on the franchise as one of the best defensive backs to ever put on a Chargers uniform.
Weddle was taken with the No. 37 overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Utah. It didn’t take him long to become a force on defense. In his second season with the Chargers in 2008, Weddle recorded 127 tackles and was soon recognized as one of the best young safeties in the game.
In total, he had three seasons with the team in which he had over 100 tackles. He also had 19 interceptions and 6.5 sacks during his time with the team. Weddle led the league with seven interceptions in 2011.
As a Charger, Weddle was selected to three Pro Bowls and was a First-Team All-Pro in 2011 and 2014.
When his contract came up after the 2015 season, the organization made no effort to keep him. Weddle signed with the Baltimore Ravens, where he is still an every-week starter.
His name often creates a sour taste in the mouths of Chargers fans due to the way he left, as Weddle would have probably loved to have played out his career with the team that drafted him.
Hopefully someday, the two sides can patch things up and he can sign a one-day contract and retire as a member of the team he shined with for nearly a decade.
Weddle was definitely one of the top 10 defensive players in Chargers history.