Chargers safety Eric Weddle. Courtesy of rantsports.com
Chargers safety Eric Weddle. Courtesy of rantsports.com

The contract dispute between the San Diego Chargers and their safety Eric Weddle took an ugly turn Monday.

The team said they would not negotiate a contract extension with Weddle—whose contract expires after this season—during the season, the exact reason he held out of the team’s organized team activities.

Weddle did not comment on Monday, but his agent did.

“He will play his final 16 games as a Charger as a free safety – nothing else,” his agent, David Canter, said Monday per the San Diego Union-Tribune. “… His going above and beyond for them is why they won’t give him a contract extension.”

Weddle has played in 98 percent of the team’s defensive snaps the last eight seasons and 49 percent of special teams snaps.

“It’s blatantly obvious after me asking the team time and again to extend us that Eric isn’t wanted,” Canter said. “So it’s time for Eric to move on (to) where he can win and is wanted.”

Last week, it was reported by the Union-Tribune that coach Mike McCoy told the team to move on without Weddle, after he had not been showing up to the voluntary training.

Weddle will be 31 in January and there his belief, between him and his agent, that the team is worried about the wear and tear he has accumulated by playing so many snaps.

He is expected to show up to the team’s minicamps in two weeks, in order to avoid a $73,000 fine.