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Los Angeles Rams' Eric Weddle announces retirement after 13 NFL seasons

Los Angeles Rams' Eric Weddle announces retirement after 13 NFL seasons
Former Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle had one season remaining on a two-year, $10.5 million contract that he signed with the Los Angeles Rams last off-season. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Veteran safety Eric Weddle announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday after 13 seasons.

Weddle, 35, made the announcement with a post on Twitter. The former Los Angeles Rams defensive back had one season remaining on a two-year, $10.5 million contract that he signed with the team last off-season.

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"I wish Eric and his family the best as he retires from football," Rams head coach Sean McVay said in a statement Thursday. "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."

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Weddle previously indicated at the end of the Rams' 9-7 season that he was considering retirement.

"Whatever the decision happens [to be], whether it's me or them, it's all good," Weddle said Dec. 22. "If it is [my last game], I'm ready for the next step of being at home with my kids. I've missed them dearly."

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Weddle, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro, finished with 1,178 total tackles, 29 interceptions, 99 passes defensed, 9.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns in 201 career regular-season games.

The then-San Diego Chargers selected Weddle in the second round (No. 37 overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Utah. He played nine seasons for the Chargers (2007-15) before spending three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens (2016-18).

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