Rams Sign Eric Weddle

A fast-moving Friday will include Eric Weddle landing with a third NFL team. The veteran safety will sign with the Rams, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Zreibec (on Twitter).

With a “Fear the beard” tweet, the Rams appeared to confirm this transaction.

Weddle will join the defending NFC champions, who may now be set to let Lamarcus Joyner walk as a free agent. This is a two-year pact worth $10.5MM and one that could be worth up to $12.5MM, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). He will receive $5.25MM fully guaranteed, per RapSheet (on Twitter).

Weddle had a visit scheduled with the Rams and received 11 offers since the Ravens released him earlier this week, and Albert Breer of SI.com tweets Weddle was at the Rams’ facility on Friday. The 34-year-old safety will be the latest addition to a star-studded roster, albeit one that could take some hits in free agency. Joiner is a free agent after playing 2018 on the franchise tag.

A three-time Pro Bowler with the Ravens and a player with six Pro Bowls on his 12-season resume, Weddle will join John Johnson on Los Angeles’ back line. The longtime San Diego Charger is back in southern California. The Panthers and Giants were two of the teams interested in Weddle, according to Joe Person of The Athletic and Matt Lombardo of NJ.com (Twitter links).

The two-time first-team All-Pro initially said he would retire if the Ravens released him but later backtracked on that. Weddle worked against the Rams in scrimmages last summer and will now attempt to be an integral figure on another defense.

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  1. RockHard

    That’s a team friendly deal. Hopefully Earl Thomas sees that and will settle for 3/30 from Dallas

    • TheTruth12

      LMFAO you just made me spit my drink out, from a week ago, Thomas wants to be the highest paid safety and will not take a discount from the Cowboys. And I’m pretty sure Cowboys are already out for the top safeties too rich for them. Maybe you can get him in Madden tho!

  2. RG1004

    HA! And you thought your last safeties couldn’t cover? You just spent 6mil a year on someone who can’t account for the deep third and can’t tackle at the LOS.. He seems like a good guy, but as a Ravens fan, y’all got suckered.

    • bravesfan88

      Yeah, you think it’s any coincidence since he joined the Ravens, that all of a sudden their defense got a lot better?? It isn’t just his production, it’s also his defensive calls, getting his backfield mates lined up, his leadership, etc. Not to mention, you’re also severely underrating his abilities as well…

      I take it when Mosley leaves you will call him an overrated bum also??

  3. kylewait89

    I’m glad Weddle found a team he will probably also quarterback on defense. His leadership should help but the coordinator will have to mix up coverages and protect him. He isn’t what he used to be.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Wade Phillips is probably one of the best defensive coordinators when it comes to making the whole greater than the sum of the individual parts.

      • murraysons

        Shoulda let wade coach the offense in the super bowl. Their O was staler than week old bread.

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