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October 4, 2020 10:40 AM
Eric Weddle: Still fielding offers from teams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle, who retired from the NFL in February, has reportedly received contract offers from teams and would be willing to entertain a comeback in the right scenario, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

While Earl Thomas remains the top safety on the open market, the 35-year-old Weddle may prove to be a more palatable and cost-effective veteran alternative for contending clubs looking for help on the back end of the defense. A six-time Pro Bowler, Weddle was a 16-game starter for the Rams in 2019, finishing with 108 tackles and four passes defensed.

February 6, 2020 03:44 PM
Eric Weddle: Retiring from football
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle (knee) announced his retirement Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The 35-year-old signed a two-year, $10.5 million contract with the Rams last offseason but won't come back for the second year of his deal. He played a full 16-game season for the fourth straight year in 2019, taking 93.1 percent of defensive snaps en route to 108 tackles (69 solo) and four pass defenses. Weddle previously spent nine years with the Chargers and three with the Ravens, accruing 1,179 tackles, 29 interceptions and five defensive touchdowns in 201 career regular-season appearances. He underwent surgery to trim the meniscus in his right knee in January, and he's also believed to be nursing a shoulder injury that could require another procedure. Meanwhile, the Rams will enter the offseason in decent shape with Taylor Rapp and John Johnson III (shoulder) as their top safeties.

January 8, 2020 01:16 PM
Rams' Eric Weddle: Has knee surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle underwent surgery to trim the meniscus in his right knee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The recovery from this surgery should only take a few weeks, but Lindsey Thiry of reported in December that Weddle would also undergo shoulder surgery. Thiry relayed that the 35-year-old safety is considering retirement as well, and how he recovers from his pair of surgeries may play a role in his decision. Weddle is due to make $4.25 million in the 2020 season.

January 1, 2020 01:52 AM
Rams' Eric Weddle: Pondering retirement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle is considering retirement, and he's set to have both shoulder and knee surgeries this offseason, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN reports.

Weddle had an impressive campaign, as he started all 16 games and recorded 108 tackles -- his highest total since 2013. The 34-year-old safety relayed that he won't come back to be a backup, and he believes the Rams will opt for younger talent like Taylor Rapp and John Johnson (shoulder) next year. Weddle has one year remaining on his contract.

November 26, 2019 09:04 PM
Rams' Eric Weddle: Adds nine tackles vs. former team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle amassed nine tackles (eight solo) and one pass defensed in Monday's 45-6 loss to the Ravens.

Weddle hadn't tallied more than seven tackles in a single contest since Week 6, but it was still a night to forget against his former team as the Rams' defense failed to keep up with MVP candidate Lamar Jackson.

October 14, 2019 09:04 PM
Rams' Eric Weddle: Piles up tackles in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle recorded 10 tackles (four solo) during Sunday's 20-7 loss to San Francisco.

The veteran has now piled up 51 tackles (28 solo) through six contests, which makes him one of the more reliable defensive backs in IDP settings. With the Los Angeles offense in a bit of a funk, Weddle's fantasy value could also be trending up.

September 30, 2019 07:24 PM
Rams' Eric Weddle: Racks up 15 tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle had 15 tackles (10 solo) and two passes defensed in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers had 22 first downs via the pass, leaving Weddle plenty of opportunities to tally tackles in the middle of the field. The veteran safety had 34 tackles (20 solo) with three passes defense through the first four weeks of the season.

September 13, 2019 05:08 PM
Rams' Eric Weddle: Ready for Week 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle (concussion) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's Week 2 matchup with New Orleans, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Weddle was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he was able to practice fully Friday. Now healthy, the 34-year-old seems poised to resume his starting role in the Rams' secondary.

September 12, 2019 10:12 AM
Rams' Eric Weddle: Upgraded for Wednesday's practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle (concussion) was able to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday.

Coach Sean McVay noted he's still hopeful Weddle can suit up for Week 2 on Tuesday, and the fact that he was able to log some practice time moves him in the right direction. Weddle was on the wrong end of a hit during Sunday's game against Carolina and continues to reside in the league's concussion protocol. If the veteran is unable to suit up for Sunday's game, Marqui Christian and Taylor Rapp would be in line to receive a bump up in snaps.

September 10, 2019 10:52 AM
Rams' Eric Weddle: Hopeful for Week 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Sean McVay said he's hopeful Weddle (concussion) will play against New Orleans on Sunday, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

McVay noted, "You respect the process that this concussion protocol entails. It's always a positive sign when a player is asymptomatic, but there's a lot of tests that he has to go through to get the thumbs up to go. You always have to have those contingency plans in place. I think we're hopeful he'll be able to check out, but he has to go through all that." If Weddle is unable to suit up against the Saints, look for Marqui Christian and Taylor Rapp to be more involved. Rapp, the recent second-round pick out of Washington, owns the potential to be a serviceable contributor in IDP settings with enough playing time.

September 8, 2019 10:36 PM
Rams' Eric Weddle: Mixed signals on health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Sean McVay said Weddle is in concussion protocol, but Weddle tweeted that he's "good as gold," Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

McVay's word trumps Weddle's self-diagnosis, but this may be encouraging news for a quick recovery. Keep an eye on Weddle's practice status Wednesday as the team gets ready for Week 2's contest versus the Saints. If Weddle misses additional time, expect Marqui Christian to jump into a starting free safety role.

September 8, 2019 02:56 PM
Rams' Eric Weddle: Done for day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle is being evaluated for a possible concussion and won't return to Sunday's game against Carolina.

The veteran was carted off the field after sustaining a nasty head injury. Now that Weddle is done for the day, Marqui Christian will likely continue to see an increase in snaps. Expect the team to have a report regarding the concussion tests in the coming days.

September 8, 2019 02:36 PM
Rams' Eric Weddle: Doubtful to return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle is doubtful to return to Sunday's game against the Panthers with a head laceration, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

Weddle was carted off the field early in the second quarter, and after being examined in the locker room, likely won't return to the game. Marqui Christian and Nick Scott are candidates to fill in at the free safety position should Weddle be officially ruled out.

September 8, 2019 02:20 PM
Rams' Eric Weddle: Carted off field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle was carted off the field during Sunday's game versus the Panthers, Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer reports.

There's no definitive status on Weddle's return, but he'll be examined in the locker room and likely stay there at least until halftime is over. Weddle made six tackles (two solo) before exiting the contest.

March 8, 2019 04:40 PM
Eric Weddle: Signing with Rams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle is signing with the Rams, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Released by Baltimore on Tuesday, the 34-year-old safety didn't take long to find a new team. Weddle figures to replace starting free safety LaMarcus Joyner, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins Wednesday.

March 6, 2019 03:52 PM
Eric Weddle: Wants to continue playing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle intends to play football in 2019, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

At one point Weddle hinted he would retire once his time was over in Baltimore, but he apparently wants to continue playing after being released by the Ravens on Tuesday. Widely viewed as the leader of an excellent Baltimore secondary, the 34-year-old safety dropped off considerably from a statistical perspective in 2018, recording three passes defensed and zero interceptions. Weddle still should draw plenty of interest in the coming weeks, as his leadership and football IQ largely make up for subpar range.

March 5, 2019 05:48 PM
Eric Weddle: Let go by Ravens
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Ravens released Weddle on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Weddle joins a crowded field at safety after a three-year run with Baltimore that resulted in Pro-Bowl appearances each season. The 34-year-old remains at the top of his game and should garner significant interest on the open market.

January 8, 2019 12:36 PM
Ravens' Eric Weddle: Hoping to be in Ravens' plans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle has stated a desire to return to the Ravens in 2019.

Weddle totaled the third-fewest tackles of his career in 2018 (68) and failed to come up with an interception for just the second time in 12 seasons. While he explained he still has a desire to play, it's not certain that Baltimore will want to keep him around, given his $8.25 million cap hit in 2019. If the Ravens ultimately decide to part ways, it seems Weddle is prepared to announce his retirement.

October 8, 2018 04:20 PM
Ravens' Eric Weddle: Posts eight tackles Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle recorded eight tackles (seven solo), including a sack, in Sunday's loss to Cleveland.

Weddle has yet to record his first interception of the year, but he managed his first sack of the campaign while also racking up a season high in tackles Sunday. Though the Ravens didn't win, the defense played well, holding the Browns to 12 points in almost 70 minutes of action. Baltimore will look to bounce back next week against Tennessee.

January 9, 2018 06:00 PM
Ravens' Eric Weddle: Picks off six passes in Pro Bowl campaign
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Weddle collected 63 tackles, six interceptions, and two forced fumbles over 16 games in 2017.

Another year, another Pro Bowl for Weddle, who'll be heading to his fifth-career Pro Bowl and his fourth in the last five seasons. His ball-hawking ability netted him six interceptions, which marks the second-highest output of his career. It is worth noting that Weddle wasn't quite as active in defending the run this season as his tackles fell from 89 to a career-low 63, although some of that role change can be attributed to the addition of noted box safety Tony Jefferson. With Jefferson signed to be in Baltimore for the foreseeable future, it's reasonable to think that Weddle's floor in IDP formats will be a bit lower as he won't be asked to stick his nose in the run game as much as previous years. He's still a playmaker in the secondary that can rack up interceptions, but the lightened week-to-week tackle production probably knocks Weddle down from the elite tier of IDP safeties.


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