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Ben Roethlisberger recruited Eric Weddle to Pittsburgh. Now he's 'the enemy'

New Ravens safety Eric Weddle is introduced at a press conference in Owings Mills on Thursday. "But we have a great player who thinks like a coach, that understands the game that way," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun)

As a matter of course, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ravens don't agree on many things, but they did share a common interest this spring: finding a competent safety.

The Ravens wanted Eric Weddle. So did their AFC North rivals, enlisting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to lure his friend and former San Diego Chargers star to Pittsburgh.

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"I was, absolutely ... trying to get him here," Roethlisberger said Tuesday of Weddle, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "There was no 'playful' about it. I thought he would have been good for us."

And now, after Weddle signed a four-year, $26 million deal with the Ravens? "Now he's the enemy."

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Weddle was equally tongue-in-cheek at the Ravens' mandatory minicamp.

"Big Ben and I go back a bunch of years, so we have a great relationship," he said. "Obviously, we were talking throughout the whole process, and it didn't end up [happening] and I'm glad I'm here. And I hope I get a bunch of wins against him and a bunch of interceptions, and maybe sprinkle in a couple touchdowns."

The two bonded over various Pro Bowl trips, and last season traded barbs before an October game Roethlisberger missed because of injury. The trash talk disclosed to to The San Diego Union-Tribune was nuclear grade. Earmuffs, children.

Said Weddle: "I would pick you off if you would've played."

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Replied Roethlisberger: "I would throw for four TDs."

The Steelers, Ravens and Weddle's beard first meet this season in Baltimore on Nov. 6.

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