Along with the Kansas City Chiefs’ Eric Berry, there isn’t a bigger name to hit free agency from the safety position than former free safety of the San Diego Chargers Eric Weddle. Weddle has spent all nine of his NFL seasons with San Diego, making three Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams while with the Chargers.
However, with the franchise possibly looking to leave sunny San Diego after 2016, the California native Weddle has had his discrepancies with the Chargers front office going on more than a year. At 31 years old, Weddle still can play at a high level in the defensive backfield and could end up helping somebody else, wherever he ends up signing.
One team that could potentially have interest in him is the Atlanta Falcons, as general manager Thomas Dimitroff likes to make big splashes in free agency most seasons. With only five picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, it seems that the Atlanta Falcons will look at the pool of free agents more than last year to better build their roster for 2016.
Of the three other free agents mentioned, Weddle is probably the least likely to sign with the Atlanta Falcons, but the organization will need probably one more playmaker in the defensive backfield to make it an elite secondary. Signing Eric Weddle is a high risk/high reward type of business venture for the Atlanta Falcons, but when has that stopped Dimitroff before in free agency?