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LA Rams Eric Weddle
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: Allen Robinson II #12 of the Chicago Bears makes a catch against Eric Weddle #32 of the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of a game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

Weddle on the trade block

Eric Weddle is a veteran safety who still contributes to the defense. When the Baltimore Ravens faced a similar decision regarding Weddle’s fate, the team outright cut him to save $7.5 million in salary cap dollars.  The 2019 free agent market was thick with talented safeties.

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  • This year, there are seven safeties appearing in Pro Football Focus’ 2020 top 50 free agents. While that is a pretty healthy crop, the Rams could test the waters by putting Weddle on the trading block for NFL Draft picks.  He won’t command a second rounder, but even a fifth or sixth round pick in 2020 would be welcome.

    The 2020 NFL Draft also has a fairly healthy number of draft-worthy safeties. We’ll know more about those prospects when the NFL Combine results are made public.

    Even if the Rams successfully trade Weddle, don’t look for the team to be drafting one in the draft this season.   They have plenty of depth in the role now, and recently signed nine players to reserve futures contracts.

    One such player, defensive back Adonis Alexander, is a safety/cornerback hybrid and could play a larger role for the team in 2020.