2018 didn't start how Eric Weddle probably wished it would.
To add insult to injury, the Ravens' heartbreaking loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday cost the safety $1 million dollars.
Yup, you read that right. $1 million.
Weddle's contract states that if the Ravens made the playoffs and the 11-year veteran made the original Pro Bowl ballot, he would get an additional $1 million.
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Well, Weddle was voted to his fifth Pro Bowl in December and the Ravens had a 93.7 percent chance of making the playoffs heading into Week 17.
All the Ravens had to do was get one win at home or have either the Buffalo Bills or Tennessee Titans lose.
It looked as if Weddle would be getting a big ol' check in the mail until the last 44 seconds of Sunday's game when Andy Dalton connected with Tyler Boyd on fourth and 12 for a 49-yard touchdown. A touchdown that lifted the Bengals to a 31-27 victory. Both the Bills and the Titans won their Week 17 games, pushing them to the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds in the AFC playoff picture and knocking the Ravens out.
All that was left for the Ravens was heartbreak and anger. For Eric Weddle, a check that would never get mailed.
The 32-year old wasn't even aware of the incentive until GM Ozzie Newsome reminded him of it ahead of their Week 16 matchup to the Colts.
Weddle, who is in his second season with the Ravens, didn't think the incentive kicked in until the third and fourth years of his contract. He signed a four-year deal back in March of 2016 worth $26 million.
"Will it make me play any harder? No," Weddle said prior to Sunday's loss. "I just hope everything plays out the way it's supposed to."
Sadly, it ended up being what feels like a very bad dream.
In 2017, Weddle had 33 combined tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 6 interceptions and 1 touchdown.