As the 2019 NFL draft creeps up, many NFL teams are making moves. Rosters are making room for newcomers as each team looks to upgrade before next season.
Two high level players who will have to find new homes themselves are Eric Weddle and Jamie Collins, as the pair was released by their respective teams on Wednesday.
Eric Weddle was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday. Sources report that Weddle was looking for a pay bump, something that the Baltimore front office was not in line with. The 34-year old Weddle has been one of the NFL’s most influential safeties in the last decade, making six pro bowls, three of them coming while he played for the Ravens. Baltimore had the number one ranked defense in the league last season, leaving many to question the move not to bring back the savvy veteran for at least another season.
From one Pro Bowl free agent to another, Jamie Collins was also released on Wednesday. The Browns decided to release Collins, freeing up an additional $9 million to be spent in free agency. Collins was unable to live up to the hype that he came with after his trade from New England. The linebacker made the Pro Bowl in 2016 after a monster year with the Patriots, but wasn’t earning his $11 million per year contract in Cleveland, leading the Browns organization to make the decision to cut him. Collins will be one of the top 5 linebackers available in free agency, with a list of teams looking to acquire the 30-year old.