Chargers won't tag Eric Weddle, who likely wouldn't have signed anyway

We can make it official now: Eric Weddle will not be back with the San Diego Chargers next season. General manager Tom Telesco told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the team will not be using the franchise tag this year, which will make it the fifth consecutive year the Chargers have not used the tag.

Weddle, who would have received around $11 million under the tag, was the most likely candidate, but that will not be happening. "I don't foresee any scenario in which we'll use the franchise tag," Telesco said.

And since Weddle has no intention of signing with the Chargers long-term (he said in January that he probably won't even speak to them ever again), his time with the team is now all but done. Weddle, 31, has been with San Diego for his entire nine-year NFL career.

He has made three Pro Bowls and also been named first-team All-Pro twice. During his career, Weddle ranks fourth among safeties in Pro Football Reference's Approximate Value, which attempts to assign a single number to every player season since 1950. In other words, Weddle is really good.

There are plenty of teams that will need safety help this offseason, and considering his play in 2015, Weddle likely has plenty left in the tank. He should have no shortage of suitors.

Eric Weddle is moving on from the only NFL home he has ever known. (USATSI)
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Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined CBSSports.com in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

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