SAN DIEGO -- There remains a sliver of hope that he could stay.
"I just want to go out on a high note, go out on top and lead my team," he said. "I want to continue to show what I’m all about. I’m a pro. I’m a professional and strive to be the best and try to have fun.
"It’s all in the past. I can’t control it. They will do what they want. That’s their plan, I have mine and I’ll make the most of it."
Weddle is part of a group of veterans for the Chargers including Philip Rivers, Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates heading into the final year of their contracts. Add the fact that this franchise could be playing in Los Angeles next season and it’s understandable why players like Weddle have an added sense of urgency during training camp.
"There’s so much uncertainty within certain players and the organization," Weddle said. "A lot of us may not be here if they do move. Hopefully, they don’t and they figure it out. But I’m not really focusing on that. I’m just trying to get the most out of every day and enjoy it as much as you can, and all of that stuff will take care of itself once the season is over, and move on from there."
Weddle told reporters when he reported to mandatory minicamp in June that if he could not negotiate a multiyear deal with the Chargers before training camp started (last week), he had instructed his agent to not speak with the front office again, making 2015 his final season in San Diego.
Well, it’s August and Weddle has stayed true to his word, indicating that this likely will be his final year with the Chargers.
The 30-year-old safety enters the final year of his contract and skipped the Chargers' voluntary workouts amid desires for a new deal. Weddle said he felt disrespected by the way the organization handled negotiations.
Weddle led San Diego’s defense by playing 961 snaps last season. Since 2008, Weddle has played an average of 937 snaps during the regular season. He is the only safety in the NFL named first- or second-team All-Pro for five straight seasons. Weddle is scheduled to make $7.5 million in base salary in the final year of a five-year, $40 million deal.
Weddle said that he’s lined up mostly at free safety during training camp, which is different. Defensive coordinator John Pagano usually lines up Weddle all over the field. However, Weddle said the Chargers have streamlined things schemewise so that younger players can play faster.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Weddle played 490 snaps at free safety, 350 snaps at strong safety, 111 snaps lined up in the slot and 10 snaps on the perimeter at cornerback in 2014.
"Of course, that would be nice," said Weddle about the possibility of lining up mainly at free safety. "I wouldn’t get many throws maybe, but it’s whatever the defense calls for and whatever makes us best.
"If they put me on a certain someone or put me across the field -- whatever -- I’m ready for it. Each day me and Pags talk. We’re always in dialogue, talking about scheme and where he sees me, and getting the most of me within the defense. So we’ll be ready."