Veteran safety Eric Weddle announced via his Twitter account that he will call it a career and retire from the NFL. Weddle retires after 13 seasons playing with the San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens and the Los Angeles Rams.
Weddle became a leader in multiple locker rooms and was one of the reliable safety options throughout his career. His legacy includes 1,235 total tackles, 30 interceptions, 103 pass deflections, 11.5 sacks and five touchdowns. He’s also made six Pro Bowl appearances.
The Rams signed Weddle last season as a replacement to Lamarcus Joyner. Weddle still had one more year left on his contract, but he made it clear that he didn’t want to serve a backup role. In truth, Rams’ rookie Taylor Rapp is likely to be named the starter alongside John Johnson anyways. While Weddle didn’t have a terrible year at all, finishing the 2019 season with 108 tackles and four pass deflections, he definitely showed signs of aging. There were plenty of missed tackles and he did get beat at times too.
Despite being with the Rams for only one season, Weddle certainly did become a leader and a respected part of the team. The Rams must now find reliable depth behind both Rapp and Johnson as the Rams move forward in the 2020 season.