Eric Weddle on Chargers: ‘I probably will never speak to them again’
After enjoying a largely successful nine-year career with the San Diego Chargers that included three trips to the Pro Bowl and being named a First-Team All-Pro on two occasions, it appears Eric Weddle’s time with the organization has come to an end, especially given the safety said he’s unlikely ever to speak with the team again.
Weddle indicated he didn’t even participate in exit interviews with general manager Tom Telesco, head coach Mike McCoy or a member of the Chargers’ front office. And he doesn’t appear inclined to correct it.
When asked why that was the case, Weddle indicated he doesn’t know.
“I guess I’ll never know why since I probably will never speak to them again,” he said, via ESPN. “It is what it is. I’m excited for the future.”
Weddle’s relationship with the Chargers turned bitterly acrimonious and evidently irreconcilable in the waning weeks of the regular season. And two separate incidents highlighted the fractured relationship.
First, Weddle finished the season on injured reserve due to a groin injury despite his insistence he’d be able to play in the Chargers’ season finale against the Denver Broncos.
Weddle appeared to mock the decision to place him on I.R. by running wind sprints during a portion of a practice open to the media later in the week, perhaps suggesting that the Chargers were violating NFL rules by placing a healthy player on injured reserve.
This all occurred around the same time Weddle was fined $10,000 by the team for remaining out on the field at halftime in what could be the last Chargers game in San Diego to watch his daughter perform during the intermission entertainment.
All told, it’s been a tumultuous close to what has been a phenomenal run with the Chargers. But Weddle clearly appears ready to move on to the next stage of his career.
“With everything that’s happened the last couple weeks, it makes that transition a bit easier,” he said. “… I still thought there was hope to come back. But I don’t think that’s a possibility now.