Eagles, Rodney McLeod Agree To 5-Year Deal
The Eagles agreed to a five-year deal with Rodney McLeod worth $37 million, including $17 million guaranteed, a source confirmed to Birds 24/7. Ian Rapoport first reported the news.
The 25-year-old former Rams safety will likely step in and start next to Malcolm Jenkins. With the Eagles trading away Byron Maxwell, they may look to sign a cornerback as well.
Since entering the NFL in 2012, McLeod has played in all of the Rams’ 64 games. He has also forced at least four turnovers in each of the last three seasons. Both the Giants and Ravens were reportedly interested in McLeod.
One NFC West scout offered the following evaluation of McLeod to the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane:
Size will always be his issue, but overcomes with his brain. Super smart. Will make all the calls and get everyone aligned. Really good tackler on the back end. Does not have top end range to play on the top and get his hands on the ball often, but because of his good instincts and recognition skills, he takes reads away from the QB.
All around really good player. Leader. Physical. Awesome dude. https://t.co/pxS2TyzmDp
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) March 9, 2016
@WaltThurm3 tells me he figures the McLeod signing means no Eagles return for him.
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 9, 2016
One of the first things that pops up when you search for Rodney McLeod, whom the Eagles just agreed to terms with. pic.twitter.com/JOxSWaCvmy
— Josh Paunil (@JoshPaunil) March 9, 2016