Three things to know about safety Eric Weddle

The Rams' offseason moves are underway and there's a new member of the secondary in town. The club announced that it's signed veteran safety Eric Weddle heading into 2019, and it's time to get to know the newest member of coordinator Wade Phillips' defense.

1. Weddle is coming home

A 12-year NFL veteran, Weddle started his career as a San Diego Charger back in 2007. He was drafted No. 37 overall by the now-crosstown Chargers, where he played nine seasons in Southern California.

Weddle did not have to travel far from his hometown of Alta Loma, Calif., as a member of the Chargers, and is even closer to the old stomping grounds as a member of the Rams. Alta Loma is about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

2. Top 10 in picks

The Rams are getting a proven veteran in Weddle, whose 29-career interceptions rank No. 9 among all active players.

Weddle came up empty in the interception department as member of the Baltimore's No. 1 defense in 2018, marking just the second season in his career without a pick. Weddle's posted seven seasons with multiple interceptions as a pro. He picked off four passes in 2016 and six in 2017, one short of his career-high seven interceptions in his 2011 All-Pro campaign.

3. Individual honors

Weddle is a six-time Pro Bowler, three-time second-team and two-time first-team All-Pro in the NFL, but individual accolades found the California native well before his professional career.

A 2006 consensus All-American, Weddle had a decorated collegiate career with the Utah Utes. He earned the Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year award in both 2005 and 2006 — performances that also landed him on the All-MWC first team in back-to-back seasons.

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