Monthly Archives: May 2015
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com speaks with Denzel Perryman about his thoughts on being drafted by the Chargers.
Derek Togerson of NBC San Diego asks whether or not linebacker Manti Te’o should be benched.
FoxSports.com posts about the rent situation the Chargers have with the city of San Diego.
Eric Williams of ESPN.com writes about Tom Telesco saying that there is nothing new in contract talks with Eric Weddle.
Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego chatted with fans on Monday about various topics surrounding the Chargers.
Chargers.com has video from the arrivals of rookies Melvin Gordon and Craig Mager.
Tom Krasovic of UT San Diego writes about Philip Rivers sitting courtside at a Los Angeles Clippers’ game.
Michael Gehlken talks about right tackle DJ Fluker losing weight and working to play better than he did his second season.
ESPN.com formed a round table made up of the AFC West beat writers, talking about the division’s 2015 draft classes.
Eric Williams talks about the Football Outsiders choosing the Chargers to finish third in the AFC West this year.
In this time of worry over the location of the 2016 Chargers, it is nice to see that some Bolt fans remain loyal to the team no matter what. Allow me to introduce John P. Schell. John and I have been friends since the ‘70s and despite traveling the world with the United States Army and finally settling down in Minnesota, his loyalty to the boys in blue and gold remains strong. We will start off with a brief bio of John followed by some questions and answers designed to help you get to know him better.
Will: Okay John, give me a brief background of who you are and your life experiences.
John: My personal goal in life is to be a better person than I was the day before. As a husband, father, son, uncle and friend to others, loyalty and leadership describes my personality when working, playing, or just hanging out with people. I had the privilege to serve in the U.S Army for 10 years as an Armor Crewman on the M60 and M1 series main battle tanks. If you saw the movie Fury with Brad Pitt, being a Tanker was the ‘best job I ever had”!
Will: Do you, or have you ever lived in San Diego?
John: I was born and raised in San Diego (Clairemont Rules!) in the late 60’s, 70’s, and half of the 80’s. After finishing my military commitment, I returned to San Diego for my post High School education, achieving my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and off I went into the business world and never looked back.
Will: Now that you live in Minnesota, how hard is it to find fellow Chargers fans? Are there any Chargers sports bars nearby?
John: In 2003, I had a great promotional and career changing opportunity with my company to live and work in the state of Minnesota. All I knew about Minnesota at that time was cold, snow, Vikings, Twins, and Prince. I accepted the challenge and moved my family to the Frozen Tundra in 2003. After 12 full winters (I count winters, not years here) in the beautiful state of Minnesota, it was a great decision all around. I miss my friends, authentic Mexican food, yes the warm weather after sub-zero degree weeks in December/January, but I mostly miss my Chargers on Sundays during the NFL season. I’ve searched all over the twin cities for Charger backers, clubs, bars, and fan clubs, but to no avail. When I wear my bolt (which is all year long) out in public, many Minnesotans say; “I like the Chargers, especially when they had Fouts, JJ, Winslow, Joiner, Chandler, and Muncie. Your team song San Diego Super Chargers is catchy as well.” Minnesota is an NFC town, so I have yet to hear any Charger haters, which is awesome!
Will: As for being in the military; First of all, thank you for your service. Second, did you have any other Chargers fans stationed with you? How much opportunity was there to keep up with the NFL?
John: Yes, my Army buddy was from Chula Vista. We met on the plane from San Diego on our way to Ft. Knox, KY for basic training. He is a diehard Bolt fan, and we drove all the other soldiers crazy when we saw them on TV or heard we won. I think we may have roughed up a few Raider, Chief, and Bronco fans along the way as we had to represent our Bolts! When stationed at Ft. Knox during the 85′ and 86′ seasons, finding the Charger game on TV was difficult being that these were two poor seasons (8-8 and 4-12 respectively) and the Chargers wouldn’t be the national game televised on Sunday. Had to wait for the halftime highlights to get updates (no internet, no smart phones, no satellite TV then). Overseas in Germany, it was pretty much the same with no visibility to watch the Chargers on the Armed Forces Network. My brother taped some of the games and I’d watch them on my $500 VCR a few weeks later when they arrived in the mail. Always loved seeing the shots of Charger fans with all the blue and gold in the stands and hearing the loud cheers.
Will: How long have you been a Chargers fan?
John: I have to say 1974 was the year I became a Charger fan for life. The names I’ll never forget were Jessie Freitas, Dan Fouts, Don Woods, Bo Matthews, Gary “The Ghost” Garrison, and Ray Wersching kicking field goals.
Over the next few years while in elementary school, the Chargers would send a player to come speak to us for an assembly (I remember Carl Mauck/Center talking to the kids and giving away a team photo). I also remember when we did have rainy days in San Diego during school; we would watch Charger highlight films instead of playing outside. That was fun! In my little league baseball days, Charger linebacker Ray Preston was a coach for one of the teams. What a treat that was to have a professional NFL football player from the San Diego Chargers helping out as a coach for that year.
((Will, this has to hit home for you too.))
Will: What was your most painful memory as a Bolt fan?
John: That’s simple for me. 2006 season, 14-2, No. 1 seed in the playoffs with home field advantage, divisional playoff game vs. the Patriots. We lost 24-21 and I was depressed for a long time. Still hurts, just not as much.
Will: What was your favorite moment?
I was very fortunate to be invited to the 1980 playoff game between the Bills and Chargers. First game I ever went to, and it was special. Great game up to the final minutes when Dan Fouts hits Ron Smith for a 50 yard touchdown pass to win the game. The crowd was electric and the feeling was unforgettable that game!
Will: Do you collect Chargers gear or memorabilia? If so, what is your prize possession?
John: The same brother that sent me Charger game tapes when I was in Germany gave to me an autographed authentic Junior Seau San Diego Charger helmet that sits next me at my desk. By the way, my brother worked at Seau’s the restaurant in the 90’s and really got to know Junior. My brother introduced Junior to me at his restaurant and it was amazing to spend a few minutes with him sharing his stories about San Diego. Great memory!
Will: Who is your favorite current Chargers player? How about all-time?
John: Favorite current Charger is Antonio Gates. He just gets the job done, he’s tough, all about the team, and seems to be a respectful man off the field.
All-time favorite Charger(s) is not one person, but a group. I loved the late 70’s defensive line known as the Bruise Brothers consisting of: “Big” Louie Kelcher, “Mean” Fred Dean, Gary “Big Hands” Johnson, and Leroy Jones. They were a unit that performed so well and excited Charger fans with their teamwork.
Will: Who is your pick for the best Chargers quarterback of all-time? Why?
John: No doubt, Dan Fouts. He showed leadership, skill, results, heart, winning, making others better and most of all his toughness. We all remember the severe hits he took, bloody noses, limping around on bad knees, yet he always showed up and competed with one purpose, to WIN!
Will: What position(s) do you feel needs to step up in 2015 in order for the Chargers to be true contenders?
John: Offensive Line needs to step up. Replacing Nick Hardwick is huge. O-Line needs to protect Philip and open the holes for the RB’s.
Will: How do you feel about the possible move to LA/Carson? Will you still be a fan?
John: I don’t even like the thought of this move happening. It would hurt all of us loyal Charger fans and the city of San Diego in a huge way. Yes, I’d still root for my Chargers just as I do for the Clippers and Rockets in the NBA who moved out of San Diego.
I’d like to thank John P. Schell for his service to our country, for taking the time to answer my questions and for his undying support of the San Diego Chargers. If you have any comments or questions for John or myself, please leave them below.
The Chargers have been lacking in the pass rushing department for quite some time. Despite multiple efforts to add to the outside linebacker position, the team has continued to be unable to create pressure on opposing team’s quarterbacks in recent years. The defensive line has also needed some work, with the exception of Corey Liuget. The draft has come and gone.
Looking back to last season, the pass rush was nonexistent for the most part. The team was limited to 26 sacks in 2014, ranking 29th in the league. The team’s leader in sacks was defensive end Corey Liuget, racking up 4.5 sacks. Outside linebacker Melvin Ingram finished second on the club with a career-high 4 sacks.
As much as I respect Liuget, he should not be leading the team in sacks from the defensive end position in a 3-4 alignment. The linebacking corps, especially the outside backers, must find a way to create pressure.
Let me make something perfectly clear: Corey Liuget is a phenomenal player, and one of the most underrated defenders in the NFL. I just don’t like the fact that he is forced to do so much, due to so little production around him.
Ingram, as mentioned above, did finish with the highest number of sacks during his four-year career. In his defense, he missed seven games due to a hip injury in 2014. But that is part of the problem with the former South Carolina Gamecock. He has had trouble staying on the field during his short career.
Jerry Attaochu will be the starter opposite Ingram at outside linebacker. Despite a solid game against the Cardinals in week one, Attaochu suffered injuries like Ingram, missing five games his rookie season. The 22-year-old managed to make 10 total tackles with two sacks, one pass defensed, one fumble forced and one punt blocked. One can only hope with more playing time, Attaochu can replicate some of those numbers he put up while at Georgia Tech (31.5 career sacks) as a sophomore with the Bolts.
Former Charger Dwight Freeney was the only other player with more than two sacks, finishing with 3.5 on the year. Telesco has already stated this offseason that Freeney will not be back with the team. Should Freeney remain unsigned, and the team struggle getting after quarterbacks, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Telesco go back on his word and give him one more chance.
When looking at the other defensive end position, Kendall Reyes seems to have fallen off quite a bit. After having 5.5 sacks as a rookie and five in his second year, Reyes finished 2014 with one sack and one of the worst run-stopping grades at his position in the entire NFL. There is some merit to the Chargers not having a dominant nose tackle being the reason there are more double teams for the ends, Reyes and Liuget. But the Bolts are hardly in their base defense, spending only about 40% of the time in a true 3-4. If Ryan Carrethers is ready to start at nose, Reyes could be forced to the bench on early downs, being supplanted by Sean Lissemore. Although Lissemore is listed as a defensive tackle, he is better suited for the end position. He could excel if given the opportunity at defensive end. The bottom line is that Liuget and the linebackers need help. It will be interesting to see who steps up.
As far as depth from a pass-rushing perspective, Tourek Williams is entering his third year. Williams, 23, has played in 28 games in two seasons with the Chargers. He has only sacked the quarterback once, causing a fumble on the play, during his first year in the league. That is his only sack up to this point. Although he does supply the team with decent depth, he can’t be relied upon as a major contributor on defense.
The newest addition to the outside linebacker spot is Kyle Emanuel. A rookie out of North Dakota State, Emanuel produced 19.5 sacks in his final year of college. Playing defensive end as a collegian, Emanuel will be asked to stand up as an outside linebacker with the Chargers, as opposed to keeping his hand in the dirt. Playing for a small school tends to make for a difficult transition to the Pro level for most. His rookie year will most likely be spent on special teams, with some situational pass-rushing opportunities as the season carries on.
Harassing quarterbacks is more than just getting sacks. Quarterback hurries and knockdowns add up all throughout each game. But the sack numbers have been putrid for the last few years. The front-seven must be more effective at creating havoc in opposing team’s backfields, forcing signal callers to rush their reads, forcing ill-advised passes.
Do the Chargers have the goods to do that? I have no clue, but we’ll find out. If both Ingram and Attaochu can stay healthy for the majority of the season, there will no longer be any question marks about their abilities to make names for themselves. They either will, or they won’t.
Are you concerned about the pass rush for the Chargers heading into this year? Let me know be leaving your comments below.
After suffering a season-ending broken fibula in week three of the 2014 season, running back Danny Woodhead is ready to get back out on the field with his teammates.
“It’s been a long process,” he admitted via an article on Chargers.com. “But definitely it makes you hungrier when the game is taken away. It makes you realize how blessed you are to play it. Not that I didn’t understand that before, but when it is taken away for such a long amount of time, it makes you even hungrier. You miss being out there with your brothers. I’m excited for this season. I’m always excited, but my mentality might even be younger and hungrier than ever before.”
“I mean, I look forward to it every year because it is being back with the guys. There is so much that is put in to building a team, and you want to reach the playoffs and the Super Bowl. The offseason is very crucial. So I am always excited, but when you’ve been out for a little bit longer, you 100% look forward to it more. I’ve always said I look forward to everything that we do, but this is more excited than I’ve ever been.”
The loss of Woodhead last season changed the entire dynamic of the San Diego offense. The 30-year-old veteran provides so much versatility as a runner and receiving option. Additionally, Woodhead is solid as a pass protector when called upon to do so, a much underrated portion of his game.
If Woodhead can return to full health by the beginning of the regular season, the Charger offense would certainly benefit. In 2013, his first season with the team, he set career-highs in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. The threat of him as a safety valve for Philip Rivers makes it difficult for opposing teams to gameplan against. He provides a matchup nightmare for linebackers in coverage, as they just can’t keep up with him.
The addition of Melvin Gordon in this year’s draft will, without a doubt, help keep Woodhead fresh. After losing Ryan Mathews in free agency, Gordon is a welcome addition to the running back corps. Second-year running back Branden Oliver will also be in the mix for carries, along with Donald Brown.
The Chargers have a backfield that should provide them with a variety of options regardless of the down. Woodhead will definitely be a factor and make an impact. The fact that he had to sit out most of last season leads one to believe that he is primed and ready to go in 2015.
There has been a lot of talk around the NFL surrounding the La’el Collins’ situation. Slated by many to be a first-round draft choice, recent findings forced Collins out of the draft altogether.
It was announced via multiple reports on April 28 that Baton Rouge police wanted to speak with Collins about a double-murder investigation involving his ex-girlfriend, 29-year-old Brittney Mills, and her unborn child. Mills was eight months pregnant at the time of the shooting.
Police have stated that Collins is not a suspect at this point of their investigation. The LSU lineman ended up missing the draft and was not selected by any of the 32 teams, as there were still too many question marks regarding the case.
For anyone that knows the way the Charger fanbase reacts to seeing a name they recognize, of course, fans want to see Collins in lightning bolts.
In a live chat with general manager Tom Telesco on Chargers.com Wednesday, a fan named Derek brought up the subject by asking, “what is the interest level in La’el Collins? Do the chargers have any interest?” Telesco responded, “We have put a tremendous amount of work in on La’el Collins, before and after the draft. We will see how the situation concludes.”
The fan that asked that question to Telesco in the chat is not alone. There have been a plethora of tweets on Twitter and posts on Facebook that show support behind the idea of the Chargers signing Collins.
Telesco was also asked on the Mighty1090, a local San Diego radio station, about the Collins’ predicament. He said that there were too many unanswered questions. But if Collins were to be cleared of any wrongdoing, Collins would be the most highly sought after undrafted free agent ever.
The Chargers did have a pre-draft workout with Collins prior to any of the recent news popping up.
Collins was ranked as the 18th best overall prospect, third at offensive tackle, in the 2015 draft class by cbssports.com going into the draft. There is little doubt as to whether or not Collins can play tackle at the next level. He could even slide down to the guard position where he might even be better suited to play. But until this situation is resolved regarding his involvement, he is untouchable.
Would I like to see a player of his caliber added to the offensive line in San Diego? Absolutely. Do I want anything to do with a guy that may have been involved in any way, shape or form in a double-murder that included a mother and child? Absolutely not.
It is fair to say that the majority of the 32 NFL teams will reach out should Collins be cleared. Good offensive lineman are hard to find. Many teams may feel that he would be an upgrade to what they currently have on their roster.
This seems to be a situation that is worth keeping an eye on.
Kevin Acee of UT San Diego did a live chat with fans on Wednesday.
Chargers.com updates the list of all of the transactions in 2015.
Derek Togerson of NBC San Diego about he Carson Mayor stating the Chargers’ stadium would be on contaminated land.
Tom Krasovic of UT San Diego notes that Las Vegas pegs Melvin Gordon as the front-runner for rookie of the year.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com grades the draft classes of the AFC West.
This is another one of those articles that I do not enjoy writing. That being said, I am very interested to see what the fans have to say. But I have a feeling that I know what the majority of the responses will be.
The back-and-forth between the Mayor’s office and the Chargers has gotten a bit ugly at times. Name calling on both sides have polluted social media via interviews on the radio and the internet. It seems to have toned down recently, but I don’t expect it to remain that way. I suppose we’ll all have to remain patient as we wait for the scenario to play out.
Let’s face it, we are now reaching the eleventh hour in this process. Mark Fabiani, special counsel to the Chargers, has repeatedly stated that they have been working with San Diego for 14 years in order to keep the team in America’s finest city. (Go ahead and take a drink) But how much progress has truly been made? At this point, after the shuffling of downtown and the Mission Valley site as being the prime location, it is hard to say if any progress has been made.
I suppose steps in the right direction have commenced, as Mayor Faulconer seems to be genuine in his remarks regarding the team not leaving for Los Angeles. I can say that I know for a fact that the CSAG members are putting in countless hours — of volunteer, unpaid time — to work toward a viable solution. But the clock is ticking.
Honestly, I have no clue exactly how I would feel if they moved. I can guarantee that I would be extremely angry initially, but part of me believes that I would get over it and remain a fan. Again, I don’t know. I really want them to stay in San Diego. I didn’t move here from Charlotte, North Carolina to watch them leave for Los Angeles, or anywhere else for that matter.
In an effort to avoid rambling on and on, I’ll get right to the poll question. Please place your vote on the poll and explain that vote by leaving a comment below. I’ll be doing a follow-up piece on this using your responses on Twitter and Facebook.
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Every football fan’s Christmas day has come and gone, the NFL draft has been completed. Although many pundits, writers and bloggers are grading each NFL team’s draft classes, I try not to partake in such practices.
That being said, I feel it makes sense to take a look at what each draftee brings to the table via their college production and how it could translate to the big stage.
The 2015 draft continued a trend that has happened all three years with general manager Tom Telesco at the helm, the trading of the club’s fourth-round draft pick. Having only six selections going into the draft, Telesco proved that when he sees a player he wants, he will do what it takes to get said player.
That was the case again, as the third-year general manager moved up to select running back Melvin Gordon. The Chargers moved up two picks in a trade with San Francisco, swapping first-rounds picks and trading their fourth-round selection this year and next season’s fifth-round pick. The trade would limit the team’s draft picks to five, seeing as the Bolts did not have a seventh-round choice due to a trade with the Cowboys for defensive lineman Sean Lissemore in 2013.
Here is a breakdown of each of the Chargers’ draft choices.
RB Melvin Gordon Wisconsin 6’1″ 215 pounds
As mentioned above, Gordon was clearly a player that Telesco and company coveted, moving up to ensure they could land the electric ball carrier. Gordon set the college football world on fire, totaling 2,587 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns on the ground last season. He added 19 receptions for 153 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield. Finding the endzone 32 times in one season is quite impressive. Although he didn’t have a lot of numbers when it comes to catching the ball, nor the numbers to support the thinking that he was a threat as a receiver, Telesco has said in multiple interviews that he liked what he saw during Gordon’s workouts while receiving passes.
Although Gordon was clocked at a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, he plays faster than his time would suggest. He shows patience to the hole and a propensity to cut back at the opportune time, making moves through lanes that lead to home run-like opportunities. He proved at Wisconsin that he is more than capable of handling the load, touching the ball over 650 times in four seasons — only two of those years were spent as the team’s primary back.
Gordon still has something to prove as a pass-catching back and a pass protector. Clearly, the Chargers believe that he’ll improve in these categories with more reps and opportunities as his career progresses. But there is no doubt that Gordon is the best running back the team has drafted since LaDainian Tomlinson.
Telesco on the selection of Gordon via Chargers.com:
“We need impact players and we got an impact player,” Telesco said. “Picking at 17, we had about 15 players we felt really good about at that pick, about seven of those were impact players and he was one of those seven so we just felt like we had to go up and get him. We’re thrilled about it. He’s an exciting, electric football player…who will be a big boost for our offense.”
ILB Denzel Perryman Miami 5’11” 236 pounds
Much to the chagrin of many Charger fans, the Bolts selected Perryman with their second-round draft pick. Personally, I liked the choice, despite feeling as though another position could have been addressed. The team may have, in their minds, selected the best player available at pick No. 48. It could easily be argued that he was the best prospect at inside linebacker in the entire 2015 draft class.
To put it quite bluntly, Perryman is a heat-seeking missile at the inside linebacker position, looking to destroy offensive players with each and every opportunity. Although he does not have the greatest speed, Perryman makes plays all over the field. He is a sideline-to-sideline playmaker.
Some have questioned Perryman’s ability to stay on the field for more than just first and second down, believing that he may end up being a liability in pass coverage. But this is something that newly hired linebackers coach Mike Nolan can help him with. It would make sense that, perhaps, Nolan encouraged the team to take a look at Perryman. My money would be on Nolan molding Perryman in whatever fashion he deems necessary for the former Hurricane to be successful.
Telesco on the selection of Perryman via Chargers.com:
“He’s an explosive, extremely instinctive inside linebacker,” said Telesco. “He plays with a lot of energy. As far as we’re concerned, and obviously it’s just one team’s opinion, as far as inside linebackers go, he has the best instincts in the draft, the best tackling, and he is the most explosive. When he hits people, they go backwards. He’s got some coverage skills too which is going to help him in this league. We’re really excited about getting him in here.”
CB Craig Mager Texas State 5’11” 200 pounds
To say that this selection was a surprise would be an understatement. But, in Telesco we trust. Mager was, without a doubt, a player that produced day in and day out against a lower level of competition. His transition to the NFL level could prove to be daunting. It is perceived that he will need some time to adjust, and that perception makes sense.
Mager is a fast, athletic player. For me, the most impressive part of his game is a willingness to step up in the running game, attacking ball carriers with a penchant to deliver a game-changing tackle. Possessing a 4.44 second 40-yard dash, the small-school standout has the speed to contribute immediately on special teams. Though the Chargers added Patrick Robinson and Jimmy Wilson to the secondary via free agency, the front office saw something in Mager that made them select him in the third round.
Only time will tell whether or not Mager will adjust to the level of competition that is needed for him to justify his draft position. That being said, if the coaching staff is able to help him hone his skills, he could turn out to be a solid contributor for years to come, whether that be as a cornerback, safety or sub-package defensive back.
Telesco on the selection of Mager via Chargers.com:
“He’s a size corner that runs well, can cover in man and (has) great production,” Telesco said. “He’s feisty, aggressive and can tackle. He was a player, even though from the Sun Belt Conference, (who) checked off all the boxes as far as his college career, the all-star game he played in, the combine, pro day, everything checked off and we’re really excited to add a corner with his size and ability to the mix.”
OLB/DE Kyle Emanuel 6’3″ 255 pounds
Another small school prospect, Emanuel produced at a very high level while at North Dakota State, racking up 19.5 sacks in his final year of college. Emanuel played as a defensive end in college, wreaking havoc and disrupting both the running and passing games. He has a high motor, never giving up until the whistle has blown, and even after the fact. Sure, he played for a very small school, but he has the tools to make an impact on defense in the NFL within the next few seasons.
Emanuel’s time with the Bolts will most likely begin on special teams. Although he’s a fifth-round draft pick, he could see time as a situational pass rusher, even as a rookie.
Telesco on the selection of Emanuel via Chargers.com:
“He’s a four-year starter at North Dakota State and he played a lot of football there, won a lot of games. Highly productive player. He played defensive end there. We see him as an outside linebacker for us, maybe even a little inside linebacker.”
DL Darius Philon Arkansas 6’1″ 300 pounds
After watching a bit of tape on Philon, he could be the steal of the Chargers’ draft selections. Another high-motor guy, he could push for defensive playing time in sub-packages late in the season. If that’s the case, not bad for a sixth-round draft selection.
Philon should contribute right away on special teams. It is easy to see what the front office saw in the youngster from Arkansas. Though he may not have an immediate impact on defense, he could be developed as a contributor at defensive end over time.
The Chargers made four of their five selections on the defensive side of the ball in this year’s draft. Some of these picks may not benefit that side of the ball right away, but they could in the near future. The picks in rounds three, five and six could actually make an impact on special teams starting week one in 2015.
Let us know your thoughts on Telesco’s 2015 draft selections in the comment section below.
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Chargers safety Eric Weddle has yet to show up for voluntary workouts at Chargers Park. It appears that he is not interested in joining his teammates anytime in the near future unless a new contract is done.
“I’m not coming in anytime soon until something on their side is said,” Weddle said during an appearance with Dan Sileo of The Mighty 1090. “They know where we’re at and they obviously know their stance, so we’ll see what happens from there.”
He has already been on the record stating that he and his agent have been trying to speak with the team regarding a long-term extension. General manager Tom Telesco, per multiple reports, has said that they are going to be discussing a new deal with the eight-year veteran now that the draft is over.
As the captain of the defense, it would be nice to have him at Chargers Park with his team, gearing up for the 2015 season. That being said, it is completely understandable that Weddle would like to be shown “respect”, as he is wanting to lock in his future with the Chargers.
It is easy for fans to be critical of a player when that player treats the NFL for what it is, a business. Fans are critical when a team’s front office refuses to re-sign or retain the services of a player when the fan deems it necessary, unwilling to focus on the business side of the NFL. Well, it doesn’t work that way. Some of the responses via social media have gone from “I don’t care if you feel disrespected” to “With the $7.5 million you are being paid in 2015 you should be there with your teammates.”
Weddle has started all 16 games for the Chargers for five consecutive seasons. In 2014, he was named to the Associated Press All-Pro first team for the second time in his career (2011). The three-time Pro Bowler led the team with 114 total tackles, adding eight passes defensed, one interception and two forced fumbles last season.
It goes without saying that the Bolts would love to have him at these workouts. Telesco has said that they will “no doubt” be working on a new deal to extend Weddle’s contract. As it looks right now, until that deal is agreed upon and signed, Weddle will continue to work out on his own.
Mandatory minicamp for the Chargers begins on June 16.