Eric Weddle, S: 4 years, $26 million
Weddle is getting on in age and isn’t quite the league’s best safety like he was a couple years ago. Still, he hasn’t majorly regressed either and was a bright spot in San Diego’s secondary last year.
The Ravens are buying high here to fill a need. I think that right now, Weddle is a bargain at a little over 6 million a year, but he won’t be for much longer. By the end of this contract he should be in full regression at age 35.
He’s a very smart, instinctive player so any loss in athleticism should be masked for awhile. Overall, this was a huge area of need for the Ravens and I see them getting at or near full value for this contract. It’s solid.
Ben Watson: 2 years, $8 million
The Ravens are paying for Watson’s 2015 production in a Payton scheme with Brees throwing him the football.
Baltimore represents a downgrade in both scheme and quarterback play. Pair that with the natural regression the 35-year-old Watson is sure to have and you can start to see why I’m not crazy about this move.
However, Watson is still a good blocker and should provide some solid depth behind Crockett Gilmore and Maxx Williams.
He’s also a wonderful presence both on and off the field as a leader and humanitarian. It’s always smart to add a guy like that to a young locker room. They’re just paying too much of a premium for it for my taste.
Re-Sign Morgan Cox, LS: 5 years, 5.6 million, $700,000 guaranteed
This is an interesting contract. You rarely see such a cheap long-term deal.
Cox didn’t have any particular issues as a long snapper for the Ravens in 2015, but he’s taking up a roster spot without offering any positional versatility at all.
Because of this, I don’t love it.
Re-Sign Justin Tucker, K: 1 year, $4.5 million
Tucker is the rare kicker worth paying. He’s rock solid in just about any game situation and consistently hits at or near 85% of his field goals, season in and season out.
The Ravens would be wise to invest in him long-term.