Eric Weddle has spent his entire 9-year career with the San Diego Chargers, before signing a four-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens this week. Weddle joined The Jim Rome Show on Friday and said his time in San Diego was mostly joyful, until that final season.
“Last year was not great for me, but you know that’s life you live and you learn,” Weddle said.
He continued about the Chargers, “They believed in me, they drafted me, they gave me a second contract, which I obviously blood, sweat and tears for them and then this past season, they didn’t want me after this season, and it was hard to deal with at times, but as the season wore on and things had happened, the transition from moving on made it much easier, and you know they’re going to do what they want to do.”
Although he won’t play with Philip Rivers any longer, Weddle says the two are like family and explained how their relationship has grown over the past nine years.
“We are so close. We think alike. We strive to do our best day in and day out. I mean, we would talk after every session of ones vs. ones, talk about what we saw, we would watch film together of our opponents. When we are on the sidelines in games, I’m watching the offense. We would sit on the bus together, we would go on the plane together,” Weddle said. “It’s hard to think I won’t be there and battle with him.”
In fact, Weddle was talking with Rivers in their annual end-of-season meeting when head coach Mike McCoy walked by and asked the impending free agent where he was going next year or if there was any particular team he wanted to go to, a question that caught the 31-year-old off guard.
“Right then and there, I knew, like it was a high probability I wasn’t coming back, but you always thought maybe something could get worked out, but it was just like that was it, like they were moving on and he’s moving on,” Weddle said. “I have nothing but respect and love for Coach McCoy. It was just a crazy sequence of conversation right there. I was like, I don’t know, I’m just still trying to figure out why I’m not here, but it happens for a reason man.”
Weddle was asked if he wanted to stay in San Diego even before his conversation with McCoy, and the safety paused to think about it for roughly seven seconds before answering, “For my teammates and to finish what we started, yes. But after what I had to go through and what was done to me and said about me, I don’t think I could have played another down for them.”
Now that Weddle has moved on from San Diego, the free safety is ecstatic about his new team in Baltimore.
“Going to a place that’s had so much success over the years, who obviously wanted me and felt like I could add something to their team and their organization, and it feels great, and can’t wait to get out there, get working with my teammates,” Weddle said. “I’m a Raven. I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to go to battle with them for real.”
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