No one knows the answer to this except Rodney McLeod, but we think we’ve come up with the perfect birthday present for the Philadelphia Eagles safety.
As we turn the calendar to June 23rd, several obvious things jump out at you. One, we’re officially a few days into another Summer, and second, Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod officially celebrates another year of life.
Here’s a birthday salutation from the team’s official Twitter account.
Take a look:
Count them. There’s been 29 of these birthdays for ’23’, but at this point, it may be hard to come up with a present for a guy who can, pretty much, buy himself whatever he wants.
That is, unless of course, you give him something that he can’t buy with a few dollars, a clean bill of health.
For McLeod, the 2018 regular season ended after surgery. The guy Philly would have liked to start at safety alongside Malcolm Jenkins wouldn’t be seen on the field again for the rest of the Eagles’ first-ever Super Bowl title defense. He’s been working to rehab from a torn knee ligament he suffered in Week 3 ever since it happened.
It appears he’s one step closer (pun intended) to accomplishing his goal of a return to the team by training camp. Recently, he was seen working out with his teammates at Philly’s most recent minicamp.
Clip courtesy of PennLive.com’s official YouTube page
McLeod needs both an impressive camp and a strong 2019 season. He’s in the final year of the five-year contract he signed on March 9th of 2016.
If the math seems off, it’s because it is slightly. The Eagles and McLeod agreed to a reworked deal in 2019. OverTheCap.com provides some details if you’re interested in what happened:
"McLeod agreed to a new contract in January of 2019 in order to remain on the Eagles. The new contract reduced McLeod’s salary from $7.5 to $4M. As part of the renegotiation McLeod received $1.5 million guaranteed. $1 million of the contract is tied to per game bonuses. The max value of the contract is $5.25 million. 2020 is now a voidable season which will allow McLeod to become a free agent in 2020."
Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod have been seen as one of the best safety tandems in the entire NFL since these two joined forces. Truthfully, this is a contract year for both of them as Jenkins is in search of a deal of his own.
That also means this is a big training camp for the other safeties on Philly’s current preseason roster, Blake Countess, Trae Elston, Deiondre’ Hall, Andrew Sendejo, and Tre Sullivan. They all have a chance to make good on an opportunity. McLeod won’t shy away from the competition, but he does have to be healthy enough to compete.
As mentioned, that would be the best birthday present possible for ’23’ at this point.