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Eric Weddle Mulls Retirement if Released by Ravens

January 08, 2019 - 8:09 am

By Joe Schiller

Monday morning was the feeling the Baltimore Ravens never wanted to experience.

Coming off a deflating 23-17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Wild Card Round, players cleaned out their lockers and said their goodbyes heading into the offseason – some not knowing what their future holds as a Baltimore Raven.

Eric Weddle is one of those players – entering the final year of a 4-year, $26 million contract with the Ravens.

Baltimore faces a pivotal offseason with a number of important decisions to make regarding impending free agents and high-salaried players.

Weddle has spoken highly of the Ravens since coming to Baltimore in 2016 but made it clear on Monday that he’s prepared to hang up the cleats if he’s released.

“If they want to go in a different direction, I’m not going to go play for another team,” Weddle said on Monday via The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec. “It’s not where I’m at in my career. It’s either play my last year here and that will be it and enjoy it, or this has been it. It’s pretty simple.”

The Ravens could profit $6.5 million in cap savings by releasing the 12-year safety, who saw his production decline after totaling six interceptions last season.

Two young safeties, Chuck Clark and DeShon Elliott, could see more playing time next season if the Ravens choose to go in a different direction.

Weddle’s been a beloved locker leader during his stint in Baltimore, but a liability in coverage in critical defensive moments.

The decision will ultimately be made by Eric DeCosta, as he takes over general manager duties from Ozzie Newsome this offseason.