The Baltimore Ravens have lived up to their reputation of keeping fairly quiet during free agency this year, until now. Today, Ian Rapaport reported that 3x Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle has signed a 4-year deal with the Ravens.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2016
The deal is reportedly worth $26 million over 4 years with $13 million of that guaranteed. Earlier this week it was reported that Weddle, the former long-time Chargers’ leader, was to make a decision between 4 teams. Those four teams were the Ravens, Steelers, Cowboys and Raiders, per Ian Rapaport. For the Ravens, this signing is huge. Since Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard, Cary Williams and Corey Graham left after Super Bowl XLVII their secondary has really struggled. Especially this most recent season. The season was filled with blown coverages, penalties and the opposing team was almost guaranteed a big play through the air in every game. By adding Weddle, the Ravens add a veteran presence to the back end of their defence that should sure up at least half of the defensive backfield. With that said, though, Ravens fans shouldn’t expect Weddle to have the same kind of impact as Ed Reed. Not only is he a different kind of player, but he is now 31 and is coming off one of his less productive seasons in the NFL. Nevertheless, this deal seems to be a win for both sides. Weddle gets the chance to play for a perennial contender and the Ravens get what should be a huge boost for their secondary.
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