LA Rams pull DB Eric Weddle out of retirement over these 3 FAs

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
1 of 3
LA Rams News Rams Free Agency Eric Weddle
Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The LA Rams are pushing hard to advance in post-season, and the latest disaster with losing second-year defensive back Jordan Fuller was certainly a huge concern. But the LA Rams certainly have been snake-bit with making roster moves at the worst possible time, don’t they? The front office waived defensive back Juju Hughes just before the season finale.

After Week 18, the Rams’ secondary appears to be in disarray. DB Taylor Rapp is in NFL concussion protocol, DB Jordan Fuller is lost to the team for the playoffs, and even Darious Williams is nursing a shoulder injury that will require further assessment. So who’s left?

For healthy cornerbacks, the Rams have:
Jalen Ramsey
Donte Deayon
David Long Jr.
Grant Haley (special teamer)
Kareem Orr
Tyler Hall (practice squad)

For healthy safeties, the Rams have:
Terrell Burgess
Nick Scott
Antoine Brooks
Jake Gervase (practice squad)

Defensive backs currently injured:
Jordan Fuller (ankle will require surgery, out for playoffs)
Robert Rochell  (chest injury, no timetable on return)
Taylor Rapp (NFL concussion protocol)
Darious Williams (shoulder injury, needs further evaluation)

Rams’ free agency move: Sign former safety?

With so many injuries happening simultaneously, the Rams felt it would be a wise move to add someone who is quite familiar with the coaches, the players, and the organization. So the front office reached out and brought back retired veteran safety Eric Weddle in time to add depth to the secondary for the Wildcard Round of the NFL Playoffs.

So it seems that The Beard is coming back. From what I recall from comments at his retirement announcement, I’m not sure that many see this as a positive development.

Trending. Los Angeles Rams: 15 best free-agent acquisitions of all-time. light

While there is no expectation for Weddle to see action in the Wildcard Round of the NFL Playoffs, there are good reasons to add him now, rather than another playoff from free agency.  Let’s explore those reasons now.