Who was ranked just higher than Eric Weddle? Rodney McLeod. He was tied for the 10th best safety in the league with a PFF grade of 8.2. He’s durable, starting every game over the last three seasons in St. Louis. He also held quarterbacks to a completion percentage of 57%. With a 12.0 tackle efficiency rating, he can come up and stop the run as well, aside from keeping his yards after the catch down.
He also made a lot less money than Weddle. Last season, McLeod made $2.3 million. Yes, he would take a decent raise, as after a strong season comes the big contract. However, improving the backline of the defense is essential to the continued improvement of the Bucs. Like Mike Maccagnan of the Jets did in 2015, Jason Licht is going to have to spend some money back there to see significant improvements.
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Salary information courtesy of Over the Cap