The Baltimore Ravens have been searching, really looking hard to find someone who could try and fill Ed Reed’s shoes since his departure and subsequent retirement. Obviously Hall of Famers don’t grow on trees, but the Ravens haven’t had a steady leader back there since gambling on Will Hill. The very talented player struggled with off the field issues, but has earned spot in the backend of Baltimore’s defense. There have been many who have failed to stick, including former first round pick Matt Elam. As everyone knows in this era of the NFL, defense is key especially the ability to rush the passer and cover. Having gifted safeties can truly lift a defense.
Today, Baltimore may have surprised a few by not only jumping into the Eric Weddle sweepstakes, but winning. They signed the former Charger to a four-year deal worth $26 million. Weddle has been one of the better safeties in the league over his career, despite being somewhat overlooked. He’s tallied 850 tackles and 19 interceptions thru his career, but he’s coming off what could be seen as a down year. Still, that didn’t stop him from being highly sought after by several teams.
For the #Ravens and S Eric Weddle, it’s a 4-year deal worth $26M, source said. Veteran lands in a solid spot.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2016
The nine year veteran broke the news himself, letting everyone in Baltimore know they now have a solid tandem at the backend of their defense. For a team that has been restructuring contracts to carve out additional cap space in a year in which they were considered cash strapped, this wasn’t a bad signing. It also keeps them from having to try and find a starting safety from this year’s NFL Draft. Definitely a good signing for Baltimore, it’ll be interesting to see if they make any other moves in Free Agency.
— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) March 14, 2016