Rodney McLeod has been the ultimate professional as a Philadelphia Eagle.
Unfortunately, a 31-year-old Rodney McLeod coming off reconstructive knee surgery screams disaster for the Philadelphia Eagles. If Roseman really wants to rebuild this team with youth and health as the franchise’s backbone, McLeod’s time in Philly should be over.
McLeod had a great 2020 campaign before an ACL injury sidelined him for the final three games. The captain tallied 66 tackles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception in 13 outings. He also earned the honor of being the Eagles Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award nominee.
McLeod has done everything right as an Eagle. He was the perfect Robin to Malcolm Jenkins’ Batman, the perfect vocal replacement after Jenkins left for New Orleans, and the backbone of the defense in 2020. Unfortunately, the Eagles should just cut ties before history repeats itself. Injured players north of 30 should no longer take up roster spots.
McLeod’s way off the roster is a trade. A pre-June 1st trade saves the Eagles $2.8 million and a post-June 1st trade saves the franchise $4.6 million. He shouldn’t be a hard move as his contract is team-friendly.
Doug Pederson’s exit puts Jalen Mills’ future as a Philadelphia Eagle in doubt.
Versatile defensive back Jalen Mills has played every season in the NFL under Doug Pederson. The former seventh-round pick could look to follow Pederson to the coach’s next destination.
Mills is a solid piece for a team to employ in its defensive backfield, but his relationship with Philadelphia has possibly run its course. Mills, like many others aforementioned, played a key role in the Eagles’ 2017 Super Bowl run, but the Green Goblin might be destined for a new home.
He earned a one-year $4 million contract for the 2020 season and his market value should be around the same as he hits free agency in 2021. It’s a cheap contract that Roseman might be willing to pay for some continuity in the defensive backfield, but depending on the Eagles’ new defensive coordinator’s scheme, Mills’ fit could be in question.
Let’s wrap this up with two legends.