By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Safety Eric Weddle announced his retirement on Thursday. He spent 13 seasons in the NFL.
Weddle walked away from the game following one season with the Rams. Last off-season, he signed a two-year, $10.5 million deal with the franchise.
His contract for the 2020 season was not guaranteed, according to Spotrac. The Rams had until March 18, 2020 to exercise his $4.25 million contract for the season.
Now, with his retirement, the Rams are facing $500,000 in dead cap space.
“I wish Eric and his family the best as he retires from football,” Rams Head Coach Sean McVay said. “Eric had a distinguished 13-year career in the NFL, where he played at a high level and earned respect across the entire league. He is one of the smartest and most instinctual players I have ever been around. Last season, he served as a captain on our team and was a key cog on our defense.
“More than that, he was a leader in our locker room and set a professional example for everyone he encountered.”
The 35-year-old Fontana, California native spent nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers. Besides spending the one season in Los Angeles, he also spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before he was released in 2019.
He appeared in 201 games, including 186 games. Weddle had 1,179 tackles, including 38 tackles for a loss and 23 quarterback hits.
Weddle also had 9.5 sacks, 29 interceptions, including four returned for a touchdown; eight forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, and 98 pass deflections.