As confirmed by Tania Ganuli of the Florida Times-Union this evening, the Jaguars are officially courting the services of free safety Eric Weddle. There are at least six other teams out there, so how are the Jaguars chances?
To sum up the profile we did on Eric Weddle back in this article, Eric is one of the highest-regarded safeties on the market and is coveted for his solid play against both the run and the pass. He is an intelligent player and capable of leading the defensive backfield and generating turnovers. Weddle is undoubtedly the top-rated free agent safety on teams’ boards, as most of the other prospects seem to have injury issues or other question marks that would make teams leery to offer them a big-time deal. Weddle is likely a safe pickup at only 26 years old and with no injury history and could be a building block for teams for a long ways into the future. He’s said he’d like to stay in San Diego, but only for the right price, and he and his agent have both mentioned Jacksonville as a possible landing place where Weddle would be happy.
I’m expecting his price to be very high because of the scarcity of his position in the free agent market and the number of teams clamoring for his services. I don’t believe that the Jaguars think of the free safety position as a premium position, so I’m doubtful they’d land Weddle in a bidding war. If GM Gene convinces Wayne Weaver that this is his guy and the Jaguars are willing to pony up the ca$h, Eric Weddle could be suiting up in teal very soon and make a big impact at a position of dire need.
– Andrew Hofheimer