Pro Bowl Safety Eric Weddle Released by Ravens

Eric Weddle. Photo by Jason Pohuski/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9905607db)

One of the top defensive players at his position in recent memory in the NFL was surprisingly released by his team on Tuesday.

Eric Weddle, who has spent the past four seasons patrolling the free safety position for the Baltimore Ravens, was unexpectedly let go by his former team, saving the team about $7 million.

Weddle was considered the “quarterback” of the fearsome Baltimore defense and made three Pro Bowl squads in his three years with the Ravens.

The 34-year-old was a crucial part of the defense that finished first in the NFL in scoring per game and that led the Ravens to the 2018 AFC North division title.

Before ending up with the Ravens, the Utah alum had spent the first nine seasons of his career with the San Diego Chargers, beginning in 2007.

Despite diminishing physical abilities, Weddle has been able to continue performing at a high level based on his astounding football IQ and ability to read opposing offenses.

Weddle will officially become a free agent when the NFL free agency period begins next week, and he is sure to have several suitors.