It's difficult to believe the Ravens will now carry Lardarius Webb, Will Hill, Kendrick Lewis and Matt Elam this offseason considering their cap numbers, all of which rank among the 21 highest on the team.
So, who is likely to get pushed out with the addition of Weddle? Here are the situations for each one:
2016 salary: $5.5 million
2016 cap number: $9.5 million
Cap savings if cut: $3.5 million
Why Webb should be cut: He represents the biggest cap savings of all the candidates at safety, and his play has been in decline the past few seasons. His $9.5 million cap number ranks fourth among all safeties in the NFL. Durability is always a question with Webb.
Why he shouldn't: Webb would be a surprise cut, based on the positive comments from general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh this offseason. Harbaugh said Webb will be a "really good safety," and Newsome suggested Webb is a starting safety.
2016 salary: $2.84 million
2016 cap number: $4.59 million
Cap savings if cut: $2.84 million
Why Hill should be cut: He seemed to fall out of favor toward the end of last season, getting benched in favor of Webb in the final two games. His nine penalties topped the Ravens. Hill also has a rocky track record with three suspensions in four NFL seasons.
Why he shouldn't: Hill was the hardest hitter in the Ravens' secondary last season, and he's won two games for the Ravens in two seasons (interception return for TD in New Orleans in 2014 and the TD off a blocked field goal in Cleveland last season). The Ravens invested $5.1 million guaranteed in Hill eight months ago.
2016 salary: $1.4 million
2016 cap number: $1.866 million
Cap savings if cut: $933,332 ($1.4 million if post-June 1 cut)
Why Lewis should be cut: He was supposed to be the Ravens' best coverage safety since Ed Reed and get the secondary on the same page with his communication. But Lewis allowed six touchdowns, the most of any Ravens safety last season, and there were moments where confusion proved costly in the defensive backfield.
Why he >shouldn't: Harbaugh pointed out toward the end of the season how Lewis had become more physical. "He is running up and knocking people silly," Harbaugh said. The immediate cap savings of cutting Lewis is less than any other in this group.
2016 salary: $1.327 million
2016 cap number: $2.14 million
Cap savings if cut: $1.327 million
Why Elam should be cut: He's proven to be a liability on defense. In 2014, Elam led the Ravens with 18 missed tackles, according to Pro Football Focus. He also allowed 16.3 yards per completion, which was ninth worst among NFL safeties.
Why he shouldn't: The Ravens have always given their first-round picks time to develop, and they've never cut any first-rounder during his rookie deal. Last offseason was Elam's best since the Ravens drafted him in the first round in 2013. Before his season-ending biceps injury in training camp, Elam was in good shape, and he was impressing the coaching staff with his attitude.