Free agent safety Rodney McLeod has signed a five-year, $37 million deal to join the Philadelphia Eagles. Per a tweet from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, McLeod will receiver $17 million in guaranteed money.
The #Eagles agreement with safety Rodney McLeod, 5 years, $37M, includes $17M guaranteed. Huge move for Philly.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2016
Thus continue the losses for the Los Angeles Rams, who saw cornerback Janoris Jenkins sign with the New York Giants earlier today. McLeod had a career best 82 tackles and three forced fumbles in 2015 and emerged as one of the better young safeties in the game. Since signing with the Rams as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia in 2012, he has 245 tackles, five interceptions and eight forced fumbles.
And now McLeod will head to an Eagles team that is in the midst of a complete makeover under new coach Doug Pederson. Cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso have been traded to the Miami Dolphins, and running back DeMarco Murray has been sent to the Tennessee Titans. And in the blink of an eye, Philadelphia has managed to seemingly upgrade a defense that ranked 30th in total defense last season and 28th in receiving defense.
But now that the Eagles’ secondary features a potentially deadly safety tandem of Malcolm Jenkins and now Rodney McLeod, fans should look forward to improvement in that area.
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