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Trading Eric Weddle to Steelers would make some sense

Eric Weddle is in the final year of a four-year, $40 million contract with San Diego. Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire

BALTIMORE -- ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter proposed that the San Diego Chargers trade Eric Weddle to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a fourth-round selection in next year’s draft as part of his piece on five trades that should happen but won’t this week.

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. Unlike the NBA and MLB, there are very few midseason trades in the NFL.

Weddle is in the final year of a four-year, $40 million contract that pays him $7.5 million this season. Weddle indicated he will pursue free agency after the season, in part because the Chargers' brass did not offer him a contract extension during the offseason.

The Steelers could use help in the secondary, and Weddle would provide Pittsburgh an experienced playmaker in the back end that the team hasn’t had since Troy Polamalu retired.

Weddle has a good relationship with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. And Mike Tomlin thinks highly of Weddle.

“I love Eric Weddle, always have,” Tomlin said. “He’s so versatile. He’s a sub-package linebacker. He plays strong safety. He plays free safety. He plays half-field, middle of the field. They blitz him. He’s a do-everything type of a player, and a good one.”

My take: The trade makes sense, particularly with the Chargers willing to part ways with Weddle after the year is over. San Diego might as well get a draft pick if it can. And Weddle would get to play for a playoff contender.

However, Weddle is dealing with a groin injury and likely would have to prove he’s healthy before the Steelers signed off on a trade.

A more likely trade scenario for the Chargers could involve running back Donald Brown, who’s been active for just two games this season as the team’s fourth running back. Brown is making $3 million this season.