Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Baltimore Ravens and 34-year-old safety Eric Weddle have parted ways. Weddle was set to make $6.5 million next season, yet the Ravens were willing to cut the veteran to save $7.5 million in free cap space.
“I want to finish out [my contract]” Weddle said in late January during an interview with the Baltimore Sun, “But obviously, decisions have to be made for the future of the team, the organization. They’ve got to do what’s best for them, and I respect that.”
Adding Weddle would instantly boost the strength of the Steelers secondary, while also adding in a veteran who commands respect+leadership in the locker room. On a defense that only appears to be a few pieces away from another playoff run, making a move to steal Weddle from a divisional foe may hold the key to success.
Weddle finds himself in a deep safety free agent class that includes Landon Collins, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Earl Thomas, Tyrann Mathieu and others this off-season.
Yet some questions remain on Weddle suiting up in black and gold. Are the Steelers content with Terrell Edmunds and Sean Davis? Will Weddle want the $6.5 million he was set to receive in 2019 from another team? Exactly how would he fit and how much longer would he play?
The Steelers will have to weigh each question/concern before taking a serious look at Weddle. Which begs the question…
Do you want the Steelers to pursue Eric Weddle?