LOS ANGELES- The Rams have signed six-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle to a two-year deal. The former San Diego Charger made the visit to Thousand Oaks, Ca. early Friday morning and agreed to terms shortly after.
Quarterback Jared Goff tweeted his excitement after the once the deal was finalized
The deal is worth up to $12.5M with a base salary of $10.5M. Weddle is also fully guaranteed $5.25M. Weddle, who spent his last three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, had considered retirement but the Rams offer was enough to bring him to Los Angeles. The 34-year is set to be the replacement for safety Lamarcus Joyner, who is expected to become a free agent next week.
Rams fans will be pleased that the trade will not affect any compensatory picks. The Rams are recently received three; however, after last trades last season the Rams will be left with one pick which is set at 99th overall in the third round.
If Joyner does hit the free agent market, the Rams will still be eligible to receive another compensatory pick.
Drafted by the Chargers in the 2007 draft, Weddle spent nine years in San Diego where he was two-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 for three years and posted 10 interceptions. Although his production may be down, posting zero interceptions and 54 solo tackles last season, he played in all 16 games last season. Weddle has shown he is still durable and isn’t ready to hang up the cleats yet.
The Rams also officially released LB Mark Barron, opening little over $6 million to potentially re-sign several key players in the Rams defense.