The Redskins reached out to Eric Weddle before he ultimately signed with the Rams, a source told NBC Sports Washington.
Los Angeles put out a tweet on Friday teasing the signing.
Fear the beard.— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 8, 2019
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport then gave information on the contract.
The #Rams have agreed to terms on a 2-year deal with Pro Bowl S Eric Weddle worth up to $12.5M, source said. $10.5M base. He considered retirement, but quickly landed… back on the field.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2019
Weddle, 34, was released by Baltimore earlier this week, most likely due to the fact that he represented a $6.5 million cap hit for the upcoming season. Despite earning his third consecutive Pro Bowl nod in 2018, Weddle did not generate a single turnover while starting every regular season game along with Baltimore's Wild Card appearance. This was following a 2017 campaign in which Weddle had six interceptions.
Still, with the lack of production, the safety can be a valuable addition to the Rams, providing experience both on the field and in the locker room. Though Weddle initially said he would retire if he was not brought back by Baltimore this offseason, the money, proximity to his family and chance to win a Super Bowl must have changed his mind.
Though the Redskins could have benefited from the addition of Weddle, this doesn't tank their offseason in any fashion. Washington is in need of safety help, with D.J. Swearinger's departure and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's questionable future in D.C. Luckily for them, there are plenty of other options.
A strong safety group enters free agency this offseason, including former Giants safety Landon Collins. As has been discussed, the 25-year-old is someone the Redskins will have on their radar in the coming days.
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