The news that Eric Weddle was being released shocked some on Tuesday, even though Weddle admitted after the season that it was a real possibility.
The Ravens made the release official today and Weddle is now free to sign with any team.
Weddle told Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic that his release wasn’t a surprise, and that he wasn’t really heartbroken from a business standpoint.
“We’ll probably take a couple of trips here in the next few days and make a decision,” Weddle said. “I’m in a great spot. The longer I wait, the teams are going to move on to the other guys.”
Weddle’s early release could end up being a blessing. He and is agent, David Canter, now get a week head start to explore the market. The safety market is loaded with talent and all the top tier guys (Landon Collins, Tyrann Mathieu, Earl Thomas, Adrian Amos) still have to wait another week before teams can “officially” start talking numbers.
Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report also spoke to Weddle on Wednesday. According to Freeman, almost half the league has gotten in touch with Weddle.
Weddle, who turned 34 in January, has made the Pro Bowl six times, including all three years in Baltimore.
“Eric Weddle is a true pro in every aspect of his life and exemplifies what it means to play like a Raven,” Ravens GM Eric DeCosta said in a statement.
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