Eric Weddle is heading to Baltimore in the latest in the 2016 NFL free agency.
Former San Diego Chargers Eric Weddle agreed to a four-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. With the NFL free agency acquisition, the Ravens addressed an area where they are weak at. Weddle also received offers from the Steelers, Cowboys, and Raiders.
In an NFL report published by Yahoo Sports, Weddle agreed to a $26 million four-year deal, including a $13 million guaranteed and $9 million in 2016. At safety, Weddle will be a big help to Baltimore’s secondary that accounted for only six interceptions all season.
With Weddle, Baltimore has found the safety they are looking for since the departure of Ed Reed. He has terrific range in the secondary and has a solid ground game.
While there are some doubts about Weddle’s age, the Ravens believe that the 31-year-old still have some good years ahead of him. Ranked #8 on the NFL’s Top 99 free agents, Weddle was the highest ranked player still left unsigned after five days on the open market.
Eric Weddle spent nine years in San Diego with three Pro Bowl berths and a couple of first-team All Pro selections. He was also selected as San Diego’s defensive player of the year in three of the last five seasons. However, his relationship with the team turned sour last offseason after he felt “disrespected: for not being granted his wish to retire with the organization.
The situation became even worst when he was fined for “conduct detrimental to the team” when he stayed on the field to watch his daughter dance at halftime of the season finale.
With the addition of Weddle in its fold, the Ravens will now have to decide which safety on the roster will be out to give room for Weddle. Lardarius Webb is making the switch to safety while Will Hill and Kendrick Lewis still have live NFL contracts.
The Ravens selected Terrence Brooks in the third round of the recent draft and Matt Elam is on the mend from injury. The addition of Weddle creates a logjam in that position although he is the best safety on the roster and possibly in the division.
The Ravens are perceived as NFL playoff contenders in the coming season and the addition of Weddle can give that bid a huge boost.
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