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Tempered Expectation

Posted By Jeff Burke On Mar 4 2011 @ 6:11 pm In San Diego | No Comments

When I first heard the news that the Chargers were getting Bob Sanders, my thoughts instantly were of a dynamic force in the Chargers secondary of Eric Weddle and Sanders dominating the opposition. While that is more than a  possibility, and will be the case if everything continues to line up, now being 24 hours removed from the news I have come back to earth a bit.

The news first is that the Chargers are finishing up a deal with former Colts strong safety Bob Sanders, who has been a dynamic force in the past when healthy. Only three years removed from being the defensive player of the year, Sanders is by no means past his prime age, having just turned 30. No, the question with him has always been that of health concerns. While he is incredibly tough while “on”, he has not always been able to display that; missing now more than half of his career being on the IR. In fact if you add it up, he has played the equivalent of 4 years in the league meaning he does not have the normal wear and tear of a 30 year old. By comparison Brian Dawkins is 36 years old and was very serviceable up until last season, and he has played every minute of his career.

The other thing that could possibly stand in the way of the Weddle/ Sanders duo is the fact that Weddle is a free agent. He has stated that he wants to come back to the team  if the offer is not insulting, even going as far as to say that he would be willing to take a little less to stay in San Diego. The problem is you can never guess what is in the mind of the mob boss that is the Chargers GM, A.J. Smith. It was rumored at the NFL combine that up to four or five GM’s have displayed interest in Weddle. Should he become available, upwards of four or five teams would jump at the chance to enlist his services. It is estimated that Weddle will be looking for and getting offers of 5-6 years at a little less than 7 million a year. As far as this Chargers fan is concerned, he is worth every penny.

So here’s to hoping that it all falls in line and the Chargers end up with one of the toughest and the most feared secondaries in all of the NFL. We know this: it frees them up in the draft; so that they can address the front of the defense. Who knows; if they hit on a stellar defensive end, or an outside linebacker who can get in the back field, then we might see one of the greatest defenses this city has ever known.

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