Report: Eric Weddle has offers from four teams, will respond by Monday
The safety is drawing interest from multiple teams, even if he remains unsigned.
Despite being 31 years old, Eric Weddle might just be the best free agent left on the market.
In his career, he's recorded 19 interceptions, he's been voted First-Team All-Pro twice, and he's a three-time Pro Bowler. Entering free agency, CBS Sports' Pete Prisco valued him as the fifth-best player available, while Pro Football Focus rated him as the fourth-best player.
Yet days after most top players signed with their respective new clubs, Weddle remains unsigned. His current status, however, isn't due to a lack of interest.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Weddle has offers from four teams and he'll be responding to those offers on Monday. Here's more from Rapoport:
What's on tap for Eric Weddle? He has offers from 4 teams. He'll evaluate the city, roster, schools, levels of the deal & respond Monday.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2016
More on Eric Weddle: He, his agent & his family will decide on 2 teams. Negotiates will move forward & when a deal is reached, he'll decide.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2016
Rapoport didn't say which four teams offered Weddle a contract, but we may be able to piece that together. As CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported, the Ravens, Cowboys, and Steelers are all interested in Weddle's services.
Here's the fourth team that could be interested: the Raiders.
Eric Weddle has at least four irons in fire. Raiders are one. Just in talking phase with those teams now.— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) March 11, 2016
Eric Weddle remains on the #Raiders back-burner. No word yet on any of his potential four visits, including Alameda.— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 11, 2016
So, Weddle clearly has options. And, as La Canfora reported earlier this week, he'll take his time deciding on his next team. At this point in his career, it wouldn't be unreasonable to suggest that Weddle is just looking for the situation that has the best chance to lead to a Super Bowl. But, as Rapoport included in his report, Weddle will be taking his family into consideration as well.
Given his age, negotiations might prove to be tricky, as teams probably won't want to overextend and tie themselves to an aging player for the long-term. On the other hand, if any of those four teams feel as if they're on the cusp of playoff success, they also might feel like the addition of a piece like Weddle will put them over the top. La Canfora also reports that those interested view the safety in the range of $5 million per year.
Buckle in. The hunt for free agency's best remaining player is just getting started.
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