Weddle will still be the fourth-highest paid safety in the league this season. But he was seeking a pay bump that compensated him for a fifth straight first- or second-team All-Pro season — more than any other player over that span at his position.
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General manager Tom Telesco said he planned to lock up players like Weddle, quarterback Philip Rivers, and others after the draft. This new stance contradicts that old one, but there’s plenty of time to strike a pact before the situation becomes dire.
"He’s a major part of our football team," Telesco had said of Weddle. "He’s an excellent football player, and sure, our future would have him involved, there’s no doubt. We’re a better football team with him."