The NFL says San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Antonio Garay and free safety Eric Weddle have each been fined $15,000 for hits in Sunday's 35-21 loss at New England.|||||||
Weddle was fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on an unspecified Patriots player.
The 26-year-old Weddle will be paid like an elite free safety after agreeing on a five-year, $40 million deal with San Diego on Wednesday.|||||||
He is due $14 million this year, including a $13 million signing bonus. Weddle drew interest from the Jaguars and Texans, said his agent, David Canter. A starter on AFC West champions in 2008 and 2009, Weddle led the secondary in tackles with 72 last season as part of a defense that led the NFL in fewest yards allowed. He has started 48 of the last 51 games.
Weddle has been fined $7,500 for unnecessary roughness for a hit in last Sunday in a win over the New York Giants.|||||||
The NFL said Weddle made helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver. He's still one of the best young defensive backs in the game.
Rookie safety Eric Weddle intercepted Seattle's Seneca Wallace early in the second quarter of Sunday's preseason game, but also slightly sprained an ankle.|||||||
Weddle, the Chargers' second-round draft pick, is listed second on the team's depth chart at strong safety behind Clinton Hart. Weddle is expected to play in Saturday's exhibition game at St. Louis.
Weddle continued to look at home at Qualcomm Stadium. He intercepted Seattle's Seneca Wallace early in the second quarter of Sunday's preseason game returned it 16 yards.|||||||
While at Utah, Weddle had four interceptions in two games against San Diego State at Qualcomm Stadium. He had three last year, returning two for touchdowns.