Rumors are circulating throughout the league that the Ravens might be making their first big splash in free agency this year.
While other teams have been making it rain, the Ravens have sat on the sidelines, with TE Benjamin Watson being their only signing, albeit a modest one. Now Jason La Canfora and several others are reporting that the Ravens might be upgrading their secondary in a big way with an equally big free agent.
Three teams keeping close tabs on former Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle - #Ravens, #Cowboys and #Steelers.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2016
Weddle is a five-time All-Pro, and has been a menace in the Chargers' secondary since coming into the league in 2007. Weddle has been quietly one of the best in the game at free safety, and is still playing productive football at the age of 31. The former Charger is rumored to be choosing between the above three teams, as well as the Oakland Raiders. Weddle reportedly left his former team on bad terms, so the Raiders are favored to grab him, and it's not just because of their deep pockets.
Weddle's previous contract averaged out at about $8 million per year. It's likely that a similar short-term deal will be what it takes to get the veteran safety. The Ravens can certainly afford this with their $6 million in current cap space, but a Weddle signing almost certainly means that either Lardarius Webb or Kendrick Lewis will be out of Baltimore. The Ravens will have to adjust their books yet once again, but it can be done.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, we won't find out what Weddle is thinking until Monday at the earliest.
What's on tap for Eric Weddle? He has offers from 4 teams. He'll evaluate the city, roster, schools, levels of the deal & respond Monday.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2016
While a Weddle signing would be great as it alleviates the need for Jalen Ramsey in the draft, I'm not getting my hopes up.