Catching Up With Quintin Mikell

Count Quintin Mikell‘s wife among those who wouldn’t mind seeing the safety land back in Philly.

The New Jersey native hadn’t spent much time away from this area before the family moved to St. Louis, and dealt with a good bout of homesickness during Mikell’s two years with  the Rams.

“She would like that,” a chuckling Mikell said of a possible reunion with the Eagles.

Mikell himself is on board with the idea. He still has a home here and, despite an emotional departure following the 2010 season, does not harbor any hard feelings towards the organization.

“I am still friends with a lot of the guys,” he said in a phone conversation with Birds 24/7 on Monday evening. “I kept in touch with the young DB’s that were there when I was. I still have good relationships with everybody.”

The 32-year-old was recently released by the Rams. Entering  the third year of a four-year, $27 million deal, Mikell would have  reportedly consumed $9 million of cap room if he wasn’t cut.

“The Rams are in a rebuilding phase,” Mikell explained. “I had a pretty good year I feel, stats wise and game play. There are things that I don’t get credit for like taking on blocks, helping others make plays. I create a lot of good situations for the team.”

Mikell had 101 tackles, three sacks and four forced fumbles for the Rams this past season, and is known as a character guy. A couple teams have reached out since his release, he said, though the Eagles were not one of them. Like the Rams, the Eagles are rebuilding in a lot of respects, and Mikell might not be a fit.

But his wife is still holding out some hope.

“I have a lot of football left. I’m excited to play some ball,” said Mikell, who has missed just one game in the last five years. “I am not against [returning to Philadelphia], but it remains to be seen if it is reciprocated.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/luke.mrzljak Luke Ivan

    Solid.

  • yatin

    Bring him back!

  • Mostel

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. Does anybody remember how horrible this dude played after Dawk retired? He stunk. Mikell was missing tackles and not covering anybody. I know he’s better than Kurt Coleman, but this is NOT a signing that helps this team out long term.

    • Hurricane Dave

      I sure do…repeatedly watched him get trucked by RB after RB. He s/b no more than a late August injury backfill…

  • Wilbert M.

    I think patching holes with older character guys is a good way to go. Goldson is the only big dollar FA out there worth the $$. Bring in Grimes, Mikell, maybe Talib, Cason and anyone else we can get at a discount.

    • bsn

      You want character guys yet you also want Talib?

      • Wilbert M.

        I meant that more in reference to Mikell. I want Talib because he’s a very good CB.

        • bsn

          Gotcha

  • PhEaglesPhan

    Why are people stoked for this? He wasn’t that great of a player when he was an Eagle, why the hell would we bring him back!? Goldson FTW

    • Michael Jorden

      Draft a S with a first day pick this year and sign Q as a stop gap on the way to drafting a S with a first day pick in 2014. I would consider the same for Sheldon Brown.

      Draft a high CB this draft, sign Sheld to a 2 year deal who is coming off a great season despite his age, and draft another high CB in 2014.

      Hopefully the secondary is rebuilt in two drafts and Q and Sheldon (both good locker room guys) could get us through it. Just a thought.

      • Michael Jorden

        Also these guys are Eagles. We know their limitations and their strengths. If we’re going to give money to an older stop gap at S or CB (which we may or may not..) why not go with them over unknowns? Add that Q has a home locally and his wife is after him to come back to Philly, that screams value signing.

        • PhEaglesPhan

          I can dig these ideas but it seemed like Dawkins was Q’s crutch and when Dawk left, we saw Q’s real play.

          If we were to throw him into our current mix, draft a rookie I still think we are putting to much on Q. He works better aside another strong playing safety.