Eric Weddle

49ers' Kyle Juszczyk comes up short in recruiting, Eric Weddle joins Rams


49ers' Kyle Juszczyk comes up short in recruiting, Eric Weddle joins Rams

Sometimes recruiting tactics don't work, even when you offer a spare bedroom.

It was worth a try for 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk, but in the end, his social media persuasion didn't work with safety Eric Weddle. To make matters worse, Weddle is joining a rival. 

Weddle agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Rams on Friday after three seasons with the Ravens. 

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Juszczyk and Weddle played together for one season in Baltimore before the fullback came to the Bay Area. Both players made the Pro Bowl that season. Weddle recorded 89 tackles and four interceptions in 2016 while Juszczyk caught 37 passes out of the backfield. 

Keep trying, Kyle. Better luck next time.

Le'Veon Bell tweets at NFL free agents to create Warriors-like super team


Le'Veon Bell tweets at NFL free agents to create Warriors-like super team

Le'Veon Bell tweeted at a handful of fellow soon-to-be NFL free agents -- and one who already is -- on Wednesday, and it didn't take long for someone to invoke the Warriors.

Specifically, Bell hit up free-agent safeties Landon Collins, Tyrann Mathieu, Earl Thomas and Eric Weddle.

New York Jets safety Jamal Adams then replied to the Pittsburgh Steelers running back (for now), and joked that Bell was trying to emulate Golden State.

Bell, of course, embraced the comparison.

Adams quote-tweeted Bell with the requisite eyes emoji, so you know he's down for the Jets getting their own version of the "Hamptons Five." But, the cross-sport comparison falls a bit flat here.

Although the Hamptons are located much closer to the Jets' home turf than the Warriors' home court, this collection of free agents wouldn't necessarily comprise a super team. There's a lot of positional redundancy, as Collins, Mathieu, Thomas, Weddle and Adams himself all are safeties themselves. Sure, they could each conceivably play different positions in the defensive backfield, but it'd be kind of like the Warriors signing Kevin Durant plus two more starting small forwards in the summer of 2016.

Then again, if one franchise is going to bring that level of ... uh, innovation ... to the NFL, it would be the New York Jets.

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Could Bell find himself very close to the home of the actual "Hamptons Five," at least for one season? Although Adams' Jets are the rumored favorites, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller identified the Raiders as "the team to watch" to secure the star running back's signature.

Oh, and did we mention the Silver and Black could use some safety help?

Raiders can address safety position through loaded NFL free-agent class

Raiders can address safety position through loaded NFL free-agent class

The Raiders need some safety help. Karl Joseph is expected to lock down one spot but needs a partner pretty badly.

Reggie Nelson and Marcus Gilchrist aren’t expected back, leaving a void at the free safety spot the Silver and Black can fill in several different ways.

They can attack the position via the NFL draft, with restricted free agent Erik Harris expected back as an experienced option should a young player not be ready.

Or … the Raiders could jump on an ever-expanding free-agent market loaded with talented veterans.

Eric Weddle joined it yesterday after Baltimore released him. Landon Collins is set for it after the New York Giants didn’t franchise tag him.

They’re now part of a loaded free-agent class that including Earl Thomas, Adrian Amos, LaMarcus Joyner, Tyrann Mathieu, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Tre Boston and Kenny Vaccaro.

Adding a veteran presence to a young secondary that includes presumptive starters in Joseph and cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley -- he’s expected to return via restricted free agency -- would help keep the group operating well.

Weddle told The Athletic he plans to take some free-agent visits this week, and possibly sign -- players cut can sign with new teams right away -- before unrestricted free agency begins for those on expiring contracts on March 13.

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The Raiders were interested in Weddle back in 2015, the last time he was on the free-agent market. That was a different time with different decision makers, so it’s uncertain how Jon Gruden views him, but there’s no doubting Weddle can still be an impactful player and leader on the back end -- even at age 34.

There are younger options available who can play deep safety, and their talent and market price will be compared to draft-eligible options in the early and middle rounds.

Collins is a popular name, but should cost a pretty penny and is known as a box safety. The Raiders need someone with versatility, especially someone comfortable playing deep.

A ball hawk is needed and Thomas is the best in the group, but could be prohibitively expensive considering his injury history. Mathieu is another attractive option who might be too costly to realistically acquire.

Amos is an excellent player worthy of strong consideration. He’s only 26 and has solid all-around skills, even though his interception count hasn’t been high.

Clinton-Dix is another serviceable option who can help on the back end.

The glut of free agents could drive the price down for some, making someone just below the top flight affordable and attractive to a Raiders team looking to get younger while adding some leadership to the defensive side.