Rodney McLeod will return to the Eagles in 2019.
There had been some question as to whether or not the team would part ways with their veteran safety following a season that was cut short in September when McLeod suffered a season-ending torn ACL.
Any doubt was removed on Thursday when the Eagles and McLeod agreed to restructure their contract together. McLeod had been due to make $9.9 million in 2019, but could have easily been released due to a low dead-cap number.
Via the Eagles’ web site, McLeod said: "It's a very exciting time. Honestly, Philly is where I want to be. I'm glad we were able to get things done and handled early on. I really get to focus more on rehab and getting back out there with the boys and getting back to making plays for the team this year."
McLeod, who signed as a free agent in 2016, also renegotiated his deal in 2017, when the Eagles saved $2.4 million under the salary cap. He added on the team’s web site that he is expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Losing McLeod so early in the season certainly impacted the Eagles’ defense.
“Losing Rodney was a huge blow,” said safety Malcolm Jenkins. “That was big, just from another guy on the field who was very headsy, someone who makes all the calls, gets guys lined up, and makes a lot of plays. And he can create some havoc.”
McLeod’s current restructure is once again designed to save the salary-cap strapped Birds money. Exactly how much won’t be known for a couple more days.
The Eagles entered the offseason roughly $15 million over the cap. They will save a big chunk of money with the expected release of quarterback Nick Foles, who counts $20 million against the cap.
The team has until Feb. 12 to decide whether or not to pick up Foles’ salary for the 2019 season. They are not expected to do that, which means Foles is free to negotiate a new deal with any other NFL team.
Earlier this week, the Eagles re-signed free-agent-to-be linebacker Paul Worrilow to a one-year deal.