Eric Weddle
Eric Weddle
35-Year-Old SafetyS
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 11-year veteran is still chasing a Super Bowl title, so opting to sign with the reigning NFC champions after being released by the Ravens wasn't shocking, especially with Los Angeles losing free safety Lamarcus Joyner to free agency. Weddle's athleticism has been in decline for a few years, and he's unlikely to make a significant fantasy splash in 2019. However, his experience and leadership will be welcome additions to the Rams secondary, and there could be stretches where Weddle moves the statistical needle. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $10.5 million contract with the Rams in March of 2019.
Retiring from football
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Knee - Meniscus
February 6, 2020
Weddle (knee) announced his retirement Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The 35-year-old signed a two-year, $10.5 million contract with the Rams last offseason but won't come back for the second year of his deal. He played a full 16-game season for the fourth straight year in 2019, taking 93.1 percent of defensive snaps en route to 108 tackles (69 solo) and four pass defenses. Weddle previously spent nine years with the Chargers and three with the Ravens, accruing 1,179 tackles, 29 interceptions and five defensive touchdowns in 201 career regular-season appearances. He underwent surgery to trim the meniscus in his right knee in January, and he's also believed to be nursing a shoulder injury that could require another procedure. Meanwhile, the Rams will enter the offseason in decent shape with Taylor Rapp and John Johnson III (shoulder) as their top safeties.
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Measurables Review
How do Eric Weddle's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
195 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.48 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.12 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.78 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
113 in
 
Bench Press
11 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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That Weddle remained a ballhawk in his age-32 season is a testament to how his playmaking abilities will age, giving reason to think he'll continue forcing turnovers. The bigger question regards his decline in tackles. Wild year-to-year tackle fluctuation for some reason is something that has always materialized in Weddle's box scores, as he finished with more than 110 twice and fewer than 85 twice in a five-year span with the Chargers. At a closer glance, Weddle's 2017 solo tackle production was identical to 2016 – one more last year than the one prior, in fact. That's a good reason to bet on the over, because solo tackles are less fickle than assists.
Even with age 30 in the rearview mirror, Weddle has shown few signs of slowing down. After finishing the 2015 season with 78 tackles in 13 games, Weddle bounced back to play 16 games in 2016, allowing him to post the well-rounded sort of box score he routinely provided in San Diego before last year. The Ravens defense added a considerable amount of talent this offseason, including two new standout pass-rushing prospects in Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams, so it isn't greedy to hope for even better numbers from Weddle in 2017.
Once the king of DB IDPs, Weddle has since surrendered the crown, but remains a clear DB1 candidate as he leaves San Diego for Baltimore. He had consecutive seasons with over 110 tackles prior to last year's disappointing 78-tackle campaign, and the change of scenery should bring a renaissance season out of the 31-year-old, whose total of 78 tackles last year is still quite good for his limited snap count of 751. Sacks and interceptions generally shouldn't be expected, however, as he respectively has just 1.5 and three over the last three seasons.
No defensive back is as proven an IDP commodity as Weddle. Since 2008, Weddle has averaged 102 tackles per season, and he's coming off consecutive years with 110-plus tackles. He hasn't missed a game since 2009, making him likely to see at least 1,000 snaps again this season. What distinguishes Weddle from the average triple-digit tackle DB, though, is his big-play ability — he has at least one interception in all eight of his NFL seasons and has four defensive touchdowns since 2008. While Weddle might not match Morgan Burnett's tackle production, his durability and interception potential arguably give him the best floor/ceiling combo among defensive backs.
With 598 tackles and just three missed games in his last six seasons, there probably isn't a more reliable IDP in the secondary than Weddle. A high percentage of his tackles are solo stops – usually at least 80 per season – and he adds a nice variety of big-plays in addition to his extremely reliable tackle totals. He has a sack in all but one of his seven seasons, and he has 16 interceptions in the last five years. He's also one of the better touchdown sources among IDP defensive backs, scoring four times in his career. Just as was the case a year ago, the Chargers are rather thin in both the front seven and the secondary, so Weddle will need to do a fair amount of cleaning up for both the run and pass defense in San Diego. Neither of the two starting inside linebackers (Donald Butler and Manti Te'o) have ever surpassed the triple-digit tackle mark, making it a very real possibility that Weddle will lead the team in tackles this year.
Weddle just missed the 100-tackle mark in 2012, finishing with 97 tackles while returning an interception for a touchdown for the fourth year in the last five. Weddle has a long track record as one of the league's top IDP defensive backs, so if you're risk-averse it's worth moving Weddle up a bit in the rankings. He averaged just under 97 tackles per season over the last five years, and with the Chargers looking talent-deficient in the pass rush and secondary, Weddle could have a lot of cleaning up to do again in 2013.
Weddle’s tackle numbers have declined significantly the last two years, as he posted just 184 stops in 32 games after totaling 209 in the previous 29. The good news is Weddle turned up his game in a big way in coverage last year, picking off seven passes – a figure more than three times his previous career high (two). And really, it’s important to have some perspective on his declining tackle numbers – an average of 92 per year is still very good for a defensive back, even if it isn’t close to the 120-tackle pace he had in 2008 and 2009. The bottom line with Weddle is he’s as time-tested as any of the top IDP defensive backs and is a good player in a system that is annually one of the most stat-friendly for players in the secondary. It also helps that Weddle has only missed four games in his five-year career.
Weddle has been a top IDP option his last three years in San Diego, which is why the team rewarded him with a five-year, $40 million contract, with $19 million guaranteed, the most ever given to a safety. Interestingly, the team also signed Bob Sanders and drafted Marcus Gilchrist in the second round with Steve Gregory, Paul Oliver and Darrell Stuckey are already around. Regardless of the depth, Weddle remains a valuable fantasy IDP.
Weddle’s 2009 might have been a pretty close approximation of his breakout 2008 campaign, but a knee injury cost him some playing time. He finished the season with a respectable tally of 82 tackles, two interceptions and 1.5 sacks in 13 games. Barring injury, he should return to the top of the DB leaderboards. A knack for big plays will help; Weddle has scored a touchdown in each of the last two seasons.
Last season was a down one across the board for the Chargers defense – but safety Eric Weddle was a notable exception. In his first year as a starter, Weddle racked up tackle totals that would make a middle linebacker proud – 127, second only to then-Raider Gibril Wilson among defensive backs. We’re looking for another high tackle total in 2009, though Weddle could have fewer opportunities if the Chargers defense improves.
Weddle fared well in a reserve role last season as a rookie, receiving about half of the first-team snaps at free safety during the campaign's second half, and he will open 2008 as the undisputed starter at strong safety. Although he had only one interception during the 2007 regular season, he also picked off Peyton Manning at the Chargers' 4-yard line during their playoff victory at Indianapolis and seems poised to make even more big plays this year.
Weddle is expected to immediately challenge for a starting spot as a rookie. He was the Mountain West Conference's Defensive Player of the Year for both 2005 and 2006, and most feel that he has the instincts and athleticism to excel as a pro.
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Has knee surgery
SLos Angeles Rams
Knee - Meniscus
January 8, 2020
Weddle underwent surgery to trim the meniscus in his right knee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Pondering retirement
SLos Angeles Rams
Knee
December 30, 2019
Weddle is considering retirement, and he's set to have both shoulder and knee surgeries this offseason, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN reports.
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Adds nine tackles vs. former team
SLos Angeles Rams
November 26, 2019
Weddle amassed nine tackles (eight solo) and one pass defensed in Monday's 45-6 loss to the Ravens.
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Piles up tackles in loss
SLos Angeles Rams
October 14, 2019
Weddle recorded 10 tackles (four solo) during Sunday's 20-7 loss to San Francisco.
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Racks up 15 tackles
SLos Angeles Rams
September 30, 2019
Weddle had 15 tackles (10 solo) and two passes defensed in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.
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