The last time a trade deadline approached San Diego, damn near every media pundit in the world said the slumping Padres were going to unload the ship. That didn’t happen. Now, as the NFL trade deadline approaches on Tuesday at 1 PM PT, and the Chargers stumbling, we’re all left to wonder, will the Chargers make a move? It appears safety Eric Weddle is the most likely candidate to be traded…
Safety Eric Weddle
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Chargers are shopping safety Eric Weddle.
Weddle’s relationship with management took a serious hit this past offseason when the soon-to-be free agent requested an extension that, obviously, wasn’t given. It then became clear that the Chargers were prepared to move on without their All-Pro safety. If that thinking remains, then there really isn’t any reason to keep Weddle for the rest of the (lost) season. There’s no doubt that injuries have plagued the Chargers this year, but there’s also no doubt this team has holes, a lot of them, and trading Weddle would certainly address that. As Florio points out, San Diego would likely get more “value” in a trade than in a compensatory pick if Weddle were to sign elsewhere as a free agent. Weddle, 30, has missed the last two games with a groin injury but said Monday that he’s feeling “really good.” Prior to this season, the last time he missed a game was 2009.
Then there’s this:
Pro Football Talk had this:
AND THENNNNNNNNN Jason Cole had this:
Somebody figure it out already!
Here’s a look at a few other ideas floating around the twittersphere:
Running back Donald Brown
The Chargers already released and re-signed Donald Brown once this season. Brown hasn’t played a snap for the Chargers this season and has been active only once (versus Oakland). According to Michael Gehlken of the Union Tribune, one team “showed serious interest” and “made a play” for Brown after he was cut, but he chose to re-sign with San Diego.
Given the wrath of injuries to the running back position around the league, Brown could definitely be of interest to several teams. However, fellow running back Branden Oliver was seen leaving the locker room Monday on crutches, apparently because of a toe injury. The severity of the injury at this point is unknown, but if Oliver were to miss time, than trading Brown seems unlikely. Before the 2014 season, Brown signed a three-year $10.5 million contract with $4 million guaranteed. Because he was on the active roster in Week 1, his $3 million salary this season is guaranteed.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (?!)
Likely just click bait, but USA Today posted a story “Five trades NFL teams should make before the deadline” and in it, Nate Davis says the Detroit Lions should trade wide receiver Calvin Johnson to the Chargers.
Wouldn’t that be a doozy.
Davis points out that the Chargers would have the cap flexibility to absorb the remainder of Johnson’s massive contract (7 years, $113,450,000 million). That may be true, but it would take a lot to make a deal happen and the reality is, save for Philip Rivers and maybe Keenan Allen, the Chargers don’t have any real bargaining chips. San Diego does have young, cheap talent (Melvin Gordon?) but no one other than Allen has shown stardom is on the horizon.
If anything, the Chargers will be sellers at the deadline, not buyers.
–Andrew Burer (TWITTER: @andrewburer)