In an interview with Monday Morning Quarterback's Peter King, Chargers safety Eric Weddle expressed his interest in playing for the New England Patriots:
"It would be funny if I ended up [in New England]. We've played them so many times. The thing I like about them is they don't have an ego. It's insane to think about how good they've been. I've just been to one AFC championship game. They've been there every year. You respect it, you envy it, you admire it."
The 31-year-old veteran believes he has "3-5" years left in the NFL, and would like to get a Super Bowl before he finally hangs up his cleats:
"I want to go somewhere I have a chance to win a Super Bowl. Until last year, I've never been injured. I've never had surgery. I don't drink, I don't go out. My shoulders, back, legs, hip, they're all fine. I think I bring a lot to a team."
Weddle has been one of the best safeties in the NFL over the past couple of season. With the ability to play strong safety and free safety, Weddle could be placed next to Devin McCourty, which would give the Patriots one of the best safety duos in the NFL.
If the Patriots are able to sign Weddle, he would already be joining an extremely deep safety group, with Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, and Jordan Richards more than capable backups. At times last season, we saw Chung play more of a linebacker role, which he excelled at in both the run game and getting to the quarterback. If Weddle was added to the roster, it would not surprise me if Chung's role on this team drastically changed.
If the Patriots are able to get him on the cheap, there is no reason not to give one of the best safeties in the league a shot at wining a Lombardi Trophy.
Per Peter King, Weddle is also interested in playing for the Raiders, Panthers and Steelers.