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After just 3 years in Baltimore, Eric Weddle wants to retire as a Raven

After just 3 years in Baltimore, Eric Weddle wants to retire as a Raven

Potential Hall of Famer Eric Weddle spent nine years with the Chargers and one year with the Rams, but if you ask him, his fondest memories came during his three years in Baltimore.

Weddle recently announced his retirement from the NFL, and despite 10 of his 13 seasons coming away from Charm City, he told The Athletic that he sees himself retiring as a Raven.

“As of right now, I would retire as a Raven before those other two teams,” he answered emphatically.

Weddle’s tenure in Baltimore was a successful one. The Ravens defense finished top 10 in points allowed each of his three seasons, and top 12 in yards allowed, including a finish as the number one defense in 2018.

Of his six Pro Bowl appearances, three came in his three years with the Ravens. That success, along with the relationships he built within the organization, left an impression on Weddle.

“I’m a Raven,” Weddle continued. “I loved my time with the Rams. I was all in, but those three years in Baltimore were as fun and enjoyable as I’ve ever had in my career.”

The longtime safety ended on poor terms with the Chargers organization, and his time in Los Angeles lasted just a single season, so it’s not too surprising that he would see himself in purple and black first and foremost.

Still, it’s something Ravens fans will be happy to hear. Not only does it highlight how respected the Ravens’ organization is to players around the league, but it’s affirmation that a star player reciprocates the love he received from fans for years.

Weddle was a consummate professional who always felt like a “true Raven,” and his comments further solidify the strong relationship he had with the city of Baltimore.

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Lamar Jackson works out with free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown

Lamar Jackson works out with free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown

Lamar Jackson created a buzz throughout the entire 2019 season with his play on the field. 

Recently, he’s created a buzz off the field, too. 

Jackson took pictures with, and was filmed throwing to, free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown earlier Wednesday. The videos and pictures floated across social media and initiated a bit of a stir.

Ravens wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, who is cousins with Antonio Brown, was also attending the workouts. 

Antonio, who is 31, was cut by the Patriots after Week 2 last season. He is being investigated by the NFL for allegations of sexual assault against his trainer, Britney Taylor, who alleged that Antonio sexually assaulted her in 2017 and 2018. She also claims that in 2018, she was raped by Antonio. 

Antonio has denied all allegations against him and has countersued Taylor for defamation.

The link to the Ravens and Antonio Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler, is a clear one, as the Ravens are widely expected to make at least one upgrade in their receiving corps in the NFL Draft later this month. 

While the workouts happened on Wednesday, they might not continue for much longer. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order, effective Thursday at midnight.

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Mark Andrews both excited, and sad, about Hayden Hurst’s trade to Atlanta

Mark Andrews both excited, and sad, about Hayden Hurst’s trade to Atlanta

Mark Andrews is in a unique situation with his friend Hayden Hurst. 

He’s happy that Hurst will finally get his chance to be a No. 1 tight end in Atlanta and earn the targets he wasn’t able to receive in Baltimore.

There also won’t be the same relationship between Andrews and Hurst, and fellow tight end Nick Boyle, anymore. 

The three-headed monster was inseparable in the locker room, incredibly productive on the field and one of the brightest spots for the NFL’s best regular season team in 2019. Now, one-third of the group is gone. 

“I think, first of all, it was kind of a shock for me,” Andrews said Tuesday during a conference call. “And selfishly, Hayden being one of my best friends and being someone that I talk to every day and I'm super close with, I'm sad. I'm sad that I won't be able to have him next year, I won't be able to talk to him next year as much, but I'm also excited for him. I'm excited for him to get more of an opportunity with Atlanta.”

Hurst was shipped to Atlanta in mid-March to give the Ravens some much-needed draft capital. It also gave Hurst, a first-round pick in 2018, a chance to be a true No. 1 tight end threat.

The trade gave the Ravens the 55th overall pick in the NFL Draft later this month, as well as a fifth-round pick in exchange for Hurst and a fourth-round pick.

Last season, Hurst posted 349 yards receiving on 30 receptions with two touchdowns. Those numbers ranked fifth on the team in receptions and third in yards.

With Hurst out of the fold, Andrews, Marquise Brown and perhaps a few new offensive additions in the draft will have to pick up the load Hurst left behind.

“He's a great player,” Andrews said. “I love him to death, but it's exciting for him as well. But, firstly, I'm sad. I know Nick is sad. The three-headed monster kind of got broken up a little bit, but again, we're going to be just fine. Nick and I, we'll do our jobs, and then, obviously, we're going to find someone else to help us out.” 

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