Chargers Pro Bowl S Eric Weddle made it clear that he has no intention of showing up for offseason workouts until they’ve discussed a new contract extension.
“I’m not coming in anytime soon until something on their side is said,” Weddle told Dan Sileo of The Mighty 1090 AM radio. “They know where we’re at, and they obviously know their stance, so we’ll see what happens from there.”
Chargers GM Tom Telesco told reporters before the draft that they are a better football team with Weddle, and they’re hoping to get something done with him soon enough.
“He’s a major part of our football team,” Telesco said. “He’s an excellent football player, and sure, our future would have him involved, there’s no doubt. We’re a better football team with him.”
Weddle has said previously that he feels disrespected by the Chargers lack of interest in negotiating a long-term deal.
“I feel highly, highly disrespected,” Weddle said, via Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune. “… It is what it is, but there is no reason for me to put out any more effort.”
“We’ve come to them numerous times and said we want to be part of the team, we want to retire as a Charger,” Weddle said. “We’ve completely gotten pushed aside.”
Weddle, 30, is entering the final year of his five-year, $40 million contract that included $19 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $7.5 million for the 2015 season.
It’s worth mentioning that a long-term deal could provide the Chargers with some immediate cap relief given that his cap figure is $10.1 million.
In 2014, Weddle appeared in all 16 games and recorded 114 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles and eight pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 1 safety out of 87 qualifying players.