Eric Weddle signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams during the offseason to help fill a need at safety.
Once it became pretty clear that Lamarcus Joyner was going to be too expensive to bring back for the 2019 season, the Los Angeles Rams entered the offseason in need of help at the safety position, which is where Eric Weddle would eventually come into play.
After spending the previous three years as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Weddle found himself in need of a new team early in March following a release before the Rams convinced him to come on board shortly after on a two-year deal worth $10.5 million.
From a long-term perspective, Los Angeles realizes that Weddle isn’t going to be around the NFL much longer since 2019 will be his 13th NFL season, and the veteran isn’t getting any younger.
But until that time comes, the Rams have every reason in the world to be excited over what Weddle will bring to the table on the defensive side of the football, whether it involves his impact making plays or simply being effective as a leader.
Plus, with Los Angeles recently using one of their draft picks in April on Taylor Rapp, Weddle is the perfect kind of mentor who can help the rookie adjust to playing at the NFL level over the next year or so.
Going back to Weddle’s two-year deal from the offseason, the folks at Bleacher Report recently put together a list of the most team friendly contracts, and to no one’s surprise, the new Rams veteran safety took home the honors from the NFC champions.
As Bleacher Report points out, it’s rare these days to see a top defender like Weddle willing to play on such a favorable deal, but also this seems like more of a realization the kind of opportunity that comes with playing on a team in Los Angeles.
Between back-to-back NFC West title along with an appearance in the Super Bowl this past February, Weddle was most likely intrigued over the chance to join a team in the Rams expected to be a top contender once again in 2019.
In a way, the argument can be made that Weddle’s deal could turn out to be one of the biggest steals from free agency if all goes according to plan for Los Angeles once the regular season officially gets underway.
Weddle still has plenty to prove since training camp hasn’t even officially started, but at least with his resume from over the years, the Rams have every reason in the world to feel confident about this key addition moving forward.