Chargers to make Weddle NFL's highest paid safety

Posted July 27, 2011 @ 1:21 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

FS Eric Weddle has agreed to re-sign with the Chargers; his agent David Canter confirmed the news on Wednesday via Twitter. According to Canter, the deal makes Weddle the highest-paid safety in NFL history.

The deal will reportedly pay Weddle $40 million over five years with $19 million guaranteed.

A second-round pick in 2007, Weddle has been one of the Chargers' best defenders in recent years, finishing with 96 tackles and 10 passes defensed a year ago. The team had made re-signing him a priority at the start of the offseason and came through on that plan with a big deal.

The way we see it

Retaining Weddle allows the Chargers great defensive flexibility, as he is athletic enough to play up in the box as a run defender or deep against the pass. He is also a leader in the locker room, a major reason the team felt it was vital to re-sign him. Only 26, Weddle should continue to improve and keep the San Diego defense among the league's best.