What if the Philadelphia Eagles don’t keep Jalen Mills past 2020’s season?
It seems like it was forever ago, but it was only March. A string of several events led us to where we are now with the Philadelphia Eagles and their safety position. Philly’s actions throughout the 2019 campaign had long led us to the conclusion that there was no plan to bring Malcolm Jenkins back, and it was obvious.
The theory became reality during the most recent free-agency period as we all watched Philly extend two familiar faces with the plan of making them their starting safeties for the 2020 season, Rodney McLeod and Jalen Mills.
The former signed on for two more years on March 25th, just one day after the latter signed a one-year deal. Jenkins was allowed to walk on March 18th, but after seeing him sign with the New Orleans Saints for less than some thought his price tag would be (four-years, $32 million) and seeing the ‘Birds’ bring back two other former Eagles that are less-talented (Corey Clement and Vinny Curry), some ‘Birds’ fans are of the same mindset. Philly couldn’t give Malcolm Jenkins $8 million a season?
Heading into 2020, the Eagles are expected to keep four or five safeties (they usually keep one on the squad that plays on special teams). With that being said, we’re probably talking about Mills, McLeod, Will Parks, and the rookie, K’Von Wallace. Throw in Rudy Ford or the surprising Grayland Arnold if Philly keeps the fifth man.
That brings us to another question. What if Philly doesn’t keep Mills past 2020? Here are ten younger options if they do indeed decide to move on.