Eric Weddle Retiring as a Raven Despite Spending Only a Quarter of His Career There is Awesome

Defensive back Eric Weddle with the Baltimore Ravens
Defensive back Eric Weddle with the Baltimore Ravens | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Safety Eric Weddle spent 10 seasons playing in southern California with the San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, but is leaving his legacy on the east coast with his official decision to retire as a Baltimore Raven.

Weddle only spent three seasons with the Ravens from 2016-2018, playing in just one playoff game in that span — a 23-17 AFC Wild Card loss to his former team, the Chargers.

Weddle was drafted by the Chargers in 2007, and spend the first nine seasons of his career playing in San Diego. He made three Pro Bowl appearances and five All-Pro nods with the Bolts. He was also part of four playoff runs there, including the team's 2007 run to the AFC Championship Game his rookie year.

His last season with the Chargers, which was also the organization's last season in San Diego, might be his reason for preferring to retire elsewhere.

Weddle wanted a contract extension prior to the 2015 season and never even received an offer from the Chargers' front office. He had planned to hold out of training camp, but was required to attend. The Chargers placed Weddle on injured reserve for the last game of the 2015 season despite not being injured, and the Chargers later cited limited space on the team plane for his absence.


He signed with the Ravens a few months later, which marked the beginning of his legacy that he is choosing to leave behind in retirement.