Baltimore Ravens Fill Big Need By Signing Eric Weddle

By Brad Berreman

Injuries to multiple key players took the 2015 season off the rails for the Baltimore Ravens, and a 5-11 record has given them a top-10 pick in the draft for the first time in awhile. After intercepting a league-low six passes last season, adding some secondary help is a must for Baltimore via whatever avenue necessary.

The Ravens have turned to the second wave of free agency in that effort to add defensive help, agreeing to terms with safety Eric Weddle on Monday.

Weddle spent his first nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers, earning three Pro Bowl nods along the way (2011, 2013 and 2014). But his relationship with the team deteriorated quickly, and the final nail in the coffin came when he was apparently healthy enough to play in Week 17 and was instead placed on injured reserve.

Weddle missed three games last season, including Week 17 when he was not allowed to travel with the Chargers. Those are the only games he has missed since the 2009 season, but at 31 years old now it’s fair to say durability concerns could become a factor for Weddle.

Baltimore has a solid strong safety in Will Hill, but free safety was a big hole in the back end of their defense last year. Weddle is a productive all-around defender (79 total tackles in 13 games last season), and while his interception totals have been in decline (zero last season) it’s a safe bet he’ll make a positive impact on Baltimore’s pass defense.

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