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Eric Weddle Reportedly Agrees to Sign with Baltimore Ravens

San Diego Chargers free safety Eric Weddle signs autographs after their win against the Miami Dolphins in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in San Diego (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIFebruary 26, 2016

Eric Weddle was considered the top free-agent safety and has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens after speaking with numerous suitors.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Weddle's decision.

Drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL draft, Weddle spent the first nine years of his career with the Chargers and has been to the playoffs four times.

Weddle made it clear after the Chargers' 4-12 season concluded that he wouldn't be returning to San Diego. On Jan. 4, he said, "I probably won't speak to them again," per Sean Wagner-McGough of CBS Sports.

He was fined $10,000 by the team for watching his daughter perform at halftime of the Dec. 20 game against the Miami Dolphins in a routine put on by San Diego's cheerleading squad, per CBS Sports' Will Brinson.

The Chargers placed Weddle on injured reserve for their final game of the season against the Denver Broncos with a groin injury, despite practicing the week before at full speed. Weddle couldn't travel with the team because, as Canter put it, the airplane was not big enough, via Wagner-McGough.

Eric Weddle's Pro Bowl Seasons
SeasonGames StartedTotal TacklesInterceptions
201116887
2013161152
2014161141
Pro-Football-Reference.com

Before Weddle missed three games last season, the 31-year-old safety started all 16 games the last five years. He recorded 76 combined tackles in 13 games for the four-win Chargers a year ago.

The former Utah Ute doesn't appear to be on the decline, as he had back-to-back 100-plus-tackle seasons before last year. With Weddle in tow, the Ravens are getting one of league's more consistent tacklers and safeties.

 

Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com. Follow Danny Webster on Twitter.

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