What's next for safety Eric Weddle?

Time to see where Weddle winds up.

Starting today, NFL teams are in a “legal tampering” period — meaning that teams are allowed to talk to agents, but not players. No official deals can be signed; rather, numbers can be tossed around to gauge interest and try to determine whether both parties can come to an agreement.

The market for free agency officially opens Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT.

One player who finds himself in an intriguing position is safety Eric Weddle. Weddle would have preferred to stay in San Diego, but was upset with how negotiations soured in the final year of his contract. (To be more accurate, there really were no negotiations, which was obviously part of the problem. It takes two sides to come to a deal.)

Recently, the 31-year-old said to Peter King of MMQB:

“I’ve got three to five years left in me. I want to go somewhere I have a chance to win a Super Bowl. Until last year I’ve never been injured. I’ve never had surgery. I don’t drink, I don’t go out. My shoulders, back, legs, hip, they’re all fine. I think I bring a lot to a team.”

While Weddle -- who played his entire career (nine seasons) in San Diego -- has been rumored to be a good fit in New England and Carolina, he might be able to do the most damage to the team who let him go if he stayed in the AFC West. Particularly, in Oakland.

The Raiders lost future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson to retirement this past offseason. They could use a veteran safety who knows the division (and San Diego’s offense) in his sleep.

There's little doubt that Weddle will be able to make an immediate impact with whatever team signs him -- and, he'll have the motivation to do so. The man with the beard has been known for playing with a chip on his shoulder, and entering free agency will likely just add fuel to that fire.


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