Baltimore Ravens release safety after three seasons

The Baltimore Ravens are moving on from a key leader of their defense.

Safety Eric Weddle was released by the team on Tuesday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Weddle, 34, earned Pro Bowl berths in all three of his seasons in Baltimore after signing a deal with the team in 2016. He had 10 interceptions during that span but did not record one last year for only the second season in his 12-year career.

Weddle played for the Chargers for the previous nine seasons before joining the Ravens. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times overall, as well as two all-pro teams.

The Ravens also decided not to put a franchise tag on linebacker C.J. Mosley, allowing him to reach to reach the open market. But NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the team would try to re-sign the 26-year-old at a figure lower than the franchise tender for linebackers.

The team already released wide receiver Michael Crabtree in February, while outside linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs, along with leading wide receiver John “Smokey”  Brown, are set to become free agents.

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