Earlier this week, the Baltimore Ravens cut Eric Weddle to save cap space. Well, it didn’t take long for the six-time Pro Bowler to find a new home.
This year’s free agency class is loaded with talent at safety, which means Weddle would have to find a new deal soon before the market became oversaturated. Luckily for the savvy defensive back, the Los Angeles Rams were ready to acquire his services.
Los Angeles was so close to winning the Super Bowl this past season and ultimately fell short to the Patriots. Although the current roster doesn’t have many holes on it, Sean McVay will receive a major upgrade to his secondary.
Weddle is signing a two-year deal with the Rams, worth up to $12.5 million, per NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
His production wasn’t eye-popping in Baltimore last season, but a plethora of teams extended offers to the 34-year-old safety.
The #Rams have agreed to terms on a 2-year deal with Pro Bowl S Eric Weddle worth up to $12.5M, source said. $10.5M base. He considered retirement, but quickly landed… back on the field.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2019
With the front office preparing to lose Lamarcus Joyner in the offseason, adding Weddle fills the void in the secondary.
Even the Rams’ official Twitter couldn’t hold back their excitement about the signing.
Fear the beard.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 8, 2019
Weddle has 29 career interceptions and could be the ball-hawking defender Los Angeles can use in the postseason. In a division that features offensive-minded coaches and gunslingers, signing quality defensive backs is crucial.
It’s hard envisioning another NFC team dethroning the Rams when preseason power rankings come around.