The Baltimore Ravens have an agreement in principle with former San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle. Wedge will sign a four year $26 million contract with the Ravens with the potential to earn up to $29 million with incentives.
The Ravens have not had a true playmaker in their secondary since Ed Reed and Weddle has the talent to potentially fill this void. The Ravens secondary in 2015 allowed a franchise worst 30 touchdown passes and needed a boost in talent this offseason.
Eric Weddle is thrilled with the opportunity to join the Ravens. In a text to SD Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee, Weddle stated, “I couldn’t be more excited and pumped to be a part of a championship organization who wanted me from Day One.”
The move to Baltimore will be a huge change for Weddle after playing all nine of his NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers and Weddle expected to head in different directions after the Chargers would not offer Weddle a contract extension last offseason.
Weddle is bringing 850 combined tackles, 19 interceptions, 71 pass breakups and 6.5 sacks to the Ravens secondary. Weddle is also the only safety in the NFL to be a first or second-team All-Pro for five straight seasons, from 2010 to 2014.
Weddle was sold on the approach of the Ravens in comparison to other teams throughout the free agency process. “They were adamant about what they thought about me, what I bring, how I could help on and off the field. … At the end of the day, it was just their continued effort. And it wasn’t just the contract stuff. It was what they said, what they thought, how we talked. They just showed me they want me,” stated Weddle.
The Ravens are hoping to rebound after an extremely dissipating 2015 season. Adding Eric Weddle is a step in the right direction to get back to the playoffs in 2016.