San Diego Chargers have had to endure plenty of speculation and rumors about their star players this offseason, and it looks as though things might worsen before they improve.
Many of the headlines created by the Chargers this offseason have been negative. Star quarterback Philip Rivers went from wanting out of San Diego to being heavily linked with a pre-draft trade to the Tennessee Titans.
Rivers ended up staying with the Chargers and denies ever wanting to leave San Diego, but now defensive star Eric Weddle has taken over the mantle of creating negative news in San Diego.
The talented safety is in the final year of his current contract with San Diego and is looking for some assurances from the AFC West franchise.
The Chargers seem unwilling to make such assurances at this stage and have not entered discussions with Weddle over extending his deal, which has one year and $7.5 million remaining.
Weddle left frustrated
Weddle, who has won the Chargers Defensive Player of the Year award in three out of the last four years, is reportedly bitterly disappointed that the Chargers have decided to drag their feet, and now as a result he is snubbing San Diego's OTAs as part of his contract protest, according to reports.
"Eric Weddle wants to get paid by the Chargers. He will continue to make himself scarce until that happens," NFL.com reported on Tuesday.
"NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Pro Bowl safety will not take part in San Diego's second round of OTAs. Weddle also sat out the team's first set of voluntary practices."
Fans should be worried
Weddle's decision should not come as a huge surprise to fans across the league.
The star safety did after all claim to be "highly disrespected" by the Chargers decision not to address his contract situation pre-draft.
San Diego general manager Tom Telesco responded at the time by saying that Weddle and the Chargers would discuss his contract post-draft, with Weddle's latest actions a key sign that those discussions have not begun.