UPDATE: ESPN reports the Eagles saved $7.469 million in cap space with this reworked deal. Howie! Original story below
The Eagles have agreed to a reworked contract with starting safety Rodney McLeod that will keep him in Philadelphia through 2019, according to an official announcement from the team.
As of this publish time, the exact details of the revised deal are not known. McLeod was previously set to carry a $9.9 million cap hit in 2019. There was some speculation he could be a cap casualty in order for the Eagles to save just over $5 million. We now know that won’t be happening.
The 28-year-old McLeod is coming off MCL and ACL injuries that occurred during the Eagles’ regular season win over the Colts on September 23. Prior to the 2018 season, McLeod had only missed two starts since signing with Philly as a free agent in 2016.
When healthy, McLeod figures to resume his starting role next to Malcolm Jenkins. McLeod is a quality starter so it’s good to see he’ll be back with the team next season.
McLeod coming back gives us a little bit of clarity on the rest of the Eagles’ secondary configuration. There was some thought that the Eagles would just move on from McLeod and start Avonte Maddox in his place. Maddox could still see some safety snaps in Corey Graham’s old role but he won’t be a full-time starter on the back end if Jenkins and McLeod are healthy. Or maybe Maddox just sticks at cornerback and the Eagles add another safety to the roster.
The Eagles will have a full offseason to figure all that stuff out. For now, McLeod is going to be back with Philly for at least one more season, and that’s good news.