Free Agency 2016

Ravens Sign Former Chargers Safety Eric Weddle

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The Baltimore Ravens acquired the best available free agent safety left on the market as they came to terms with former San Diego Chargers free safety Eric Weddle.

The Baltimore secondary hasn’t been the same since Ed Reed’s departure and subsequent retirement and Weddle will give the team their best playmaker back there since Reed.

Although the Ravens finished 8th in total defense last season, they were 24th in points allowed and Weddle’s presence on the back end should help that considerably.

Baltimore also finished tied for 30th in turnover margin, as they were a minus-14.  Weddle’s ballhawking skills should improve upon that number as well, as they had just six interceptions in 2015, the lowest number in the NFL.

Weddle is a three-time Pro Bowler and he has 19 interceptions in his career.

The Chargers didn’t tender the 31-year old an offer after the season, as there was some bad blood between he, his agent and the team.  San Diego signed veteran Dwight Lowery, formerly of Indianapolis to play free safety, and it’s possible that they could select Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey with the third-overall pick in April’s Draft.

 

 


About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.