The Philadelphia Eagles have a new safety. The team has agreed to terms on contract with former Rams safety Rodney McLeod, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter. The deal is reportedly worth $37 million over five years with $17 million guaranteed.
The 25-year-old McLeod measures in at 5-11, 195 pounds. The Rams originally signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012. In St. Louis, McLeod started 48 games in 64 career appearances. He finished with 184 tackles, five interceptions, 18 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, and one defensive touchdown during that span.
The Eagles desperately needed a new starting safety with seemingly no interest in bringing Walter Thurmond back. McLeod will now be paired up with Eagles Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins. The two should form a pretty good starting duo. For what it's worth, the Eagles now have two of the top ten ranked safeties by Pro Football Focus in 2015. Jenkins was first while McLeod ranked 10th overall.
McLeod has the reputation for being a physical player, which makes him a good fit for Philadelphia's defense under Jim Schwartz. Here's a clip of him destroying Emmanuel Sanders.