San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle

NFL Rumors: Eric Weddle Leaving San Diego Chargers For Dallas Cowboys

NFL rumors have swirled around Eric Weddle. After eight seasons together, his relationship with the San Diego Chargers became tarnished. The franchise felt that it would be best if they moved on without him. A contract extension was never offered to Weddle, so he knew he would be finding a new home in the National Football League this year. According to The Score, the Dallas Cowboys are very much interested in signing the Pro Bowl and All Pro safety in free agency.

One of the most bizarre things that happened in the NFL last season took place when the San Diego Chargers played the Miami Dolphins. During halftime, Eric Weddle decided to stay on the field to watch his daughter do a performance. He ended up being fined $10,000 for not being in the locker room. Even though Weddle did not ask for permission, he was quite upset with how the Chargers handled the situation that day.

Dallas Cowboys safety Byron Jones
Byron Jones [Photo by Harry How]
Eric Weddle had already been upset with the San Diego Chargers prior to that incident. He was hoping that the franchise would offer him a nice contract extension. Instead, the Chargers kept holding things off. Weddle saw the writing on the wall, so he became a bit belligerent towards management. Eric decided to skip voluntary workouts during the off season, which is something that veterans and team leaders don’t often do.

To say that Eric Weddle was upset with the San Diego Chargers might be a bit of an understatement. He loves southern California. Weddle grew up about half an hour east of Los Angeles. He also married his high school sweetheart. The couple has four young children, so it would make sense why Weddle did not want to uproot them. To Eric, the Chargers were the perfect NFL team for his family because it is so close to home.

Dallas Cowboys corner back Morris Claiborne
Morris Claiborne [Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images]
Fortunately for Eric Weddle, there’s a lot of interest in his services. He shouldn’t have any problems finding a new home in the NFL. Since he has so many options, he can pick and choose where his family lives. If Weddle wants his family to stay in place, then he can choose to sign with the Oakland Raiders, where Sean Smith and Bruce Irvin are already recruiting him to join them on their new team. Playing there would enable him to fly home on short notice if he needed to tend to family matters.

Two other teams that are interested in Eric Weddle are the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. Both franchises are accustomed to having great play from the safety position. Troy Polamalu was a dominant force for the Steelers for years. His absence has caused the Pittsburgh secondary to decline quite a bit. The Ravens had the luxury of having Ed Reed as their last line of defense for a decade, and the team hasn’t been the same since his departure.

Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick
Orlando Scandrick [Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]
The Dallas Cowboys desperately are looking to upgrade their defensive secondary. Free agency hasn’t really been a great option for them at the corner back position. The team recently signed Morris Claiborne to another contract, even though he has been disappointing since entering the NFL. They won’t have the same problem at the safety position if they sign Eric Weddle to a contract. He can form quite the dynamic duo with Byron Jones, a rookie for the Cowboys last season.

Fans are growing a bit impatient in free agency, as Cedric Thornton has been the biggest Dallas Cowboys signing so far in free agency. Jerry Jones can create a bit of excitement by making a big splash to acquire Eric Weddle.

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