Eric Weddle is heading to the west coast and to an NFC team
The veteran safety signed a two-year contract worth up to $12.5 million with the Los Angeles Rams on Friday. He can earn the full amount of the deal if he meets certain incentives. Weddle played for the Baltimore Ravens in 2018. While it wasn’t one of his best statistical seasons, Weddle started in all 16 games and was voted to the sixth Pro Bowl of his career.
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
Los Angeles Rams Sign Eric Weddle to Two-Year Deal
Weddle is a 12-year pro who was drafted out of Utah by the then-San Diego Chargers in 2007. After nine years with the Chargers, Weddle signed with the Ravens in 2016. During his 12-year career, Weddle has been named first-team All-Pro twice. Also, as noted above, he has been voted to six Pro Bowls.
For his career, Weddle has 29 interceptions, four of which he returned for a touchdown. He also has nine and a half sacks, eight forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and one fumble return for a touchdown. Weddle’s best statistical season was in 2017 when he had six interceptions, two forced fumbles, one sack, and one touchdown.
Though he has mostly played at free safety throughout his career, Weddle is a versatile player who can man either the strong safety or free safety position depending upon the needs of the team and in-game situations. Weddle has 830 solo tackles and 22 quarterback hits for his career, showing that he is capable of playing near the line of scrimmage as well as covering the back end.
The 34-year-old Weddle is likely in the twilight years of his playing career but he still brings a presence to the secondary. He is a field general and should help to reinforce and galvanize the Rams’ defensive backs unit. After all, Weddle has made the Pro Bowl in all three of his most recent seasons while with the Ravens, evidence that he can still contribute at a high level.
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