The Baltimore Ravens shockingly announced on Tuesday that have released veteran safety Eric Weddle, putting another standout safety on the open market this offseason. During his time with the Ravens, Weddle was selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls, and has acquired two first team All-Pro selections for his career(2011, 2014). With the savvy veteran entering a deep free agent pool, let's identify four teams that should make a run at him sooner rather than later.
4. New York Giants
The Giants recently desired not to use the franchise tag on star safety Landon Collins, which suddenly creates a gap in their defensive backfield. Seeing that Weddle is 34 years old, he's sure to be cheaper than the seven figures they would have owed Collins under the tag. You can't put a price on veteran leadership on a rebuilding team, either.
3. Seattle Seahawks
With Earl Thomas expected not to return to Seattle in the offseason, the Seahawks could definitely use a guy like Weddle to forge a new path beyond the Legion of Boom era. The Seahawks were 18th in the league in yards allowed per pass attempt (7.51) and were 30th in yard allowed per rush (4.95) last season, and since coming to the Ravens in 2016, Weddle has accumulated 220 tackles, three sacks and 10 interceptions. His impact on the field will help the Seahawks D on multiple levels.
2. Green Bay Packers
After trading away safety Ha-Ha Clinton Dix in the middle of last season, the Green Bay Packers began a transition. But since superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not getting any younger at age 35, time is running out for the Pack to pivot to win-now mode and race for another Lombardi Trophy. Weddle still has that special something, but he's only a year younger than Rodgers. GM Brian Gutekunst should make a phone call.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs were knocking on the door to the Super Bowl last season and will be looking to make another run at the title this upcoming campaign. Their problematic defense must be improved top to bottom in order to take the next step, and Weddle could help jump-start that process. With safety Eric Berry increasingly likely to be on the way out of town, Weddle fill a significant need.