Chargers' busy offseason could begin by extending Weddle

Posted Jan. 12, 2011 @ 3:41 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

With a slew of Chargers set to hit free agency, GM A.J. Smith is about to embark on a busy offseason. If it's anything like last year, though, the GM could be ready to play a lot of hardball. After refusing to sign a number of Bolts to long-term deals last offseason, Smith could approach the coming months in a similar way, especially given the league's labor uncertainty. RB Mike Tolbert, for instance, proved deserving of an extension after running for 735 yards and 11 TDs, but we're told that Smith might make the restricted free agent play on a one-year tender after Tolbert injured his neck late in 2010. One guy the GM is unlikely to mess around with, though, is FS Eric Weddle. From what we hear, Weddle is "probable" to get a long-term extension after proving to be one of the best at his position the past three campaigns. Whether the four-year standout is unrestricted, though, will depend on how the CBA shakes out.