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Eric Weddle Quickly Signs With Los Angeles Rams


It didn't take Eric Weddle long to find a new home.

Weddle has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced.

Weddle's release from the Ravens became official late Tuesday afternoon, and it was clear that there was immediate interest from around the league.

After telling reporters the day after the Ravens' season ended that he would either finish his career with one more year in Baltimore or retire, Weddle changed his tune a couple weeks later at the Pro Bowl, then made it clear upon his release that he intended to play elsewhere.

Weddle, 34, has done just about everything during his 12-year career. He's gone to six Pro Bowls and made multiple playoff appearances. He's built a resume that speaks to his standing as one of the best free safeties of his generation.

But, like many players, he yearns to win the big one. He would seem to have a good opportunity with the Rams, as the defending NFC champions are already considered a favorite to get back to the Super Bowl next season. They have a young, talented defense that can greatly benefit from Weddle's leadership, energy and on-field production.

Plus, Weddle is a West Coast kid at heart who grew up just outside of Los Angeles, so it's a natural fit to end his career in his hometown.

Weddle went to three straight Pro Bowls with the Ravens and was a widely respected player both on and off the field.

"He is just the consummate football player, the consummate leader," Head Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday. "He will go down in history like that. I think he should be in the Hall of Fame."

Weddle's former teammates have already taken to Twitter with their reaction to the Rams deal:

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