Rodney McLeod ready to join the Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are in the process of finalizing a deal with former Eagles goaltender Rodney McLeod, according to NFL Media.
The Colts had been one of the teams to kick Tyrann Mathieu’s tires when it came to the safety market, but instead chose the more profitable route with McLeod, who obviously has a history with the Colts head coach Frank Reich, Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator during McLeod’s first two seasons with the Eagles.
One of the best free agent signings in Eagles history, McLeod spent six seasons in Philadelphia developing as one of the team’s leaders both on the field and in the community.
Overall, McLeod started 123 games in 10 NFL seasons, the first four with the former St. Louis Rams before arriving in Philadelphia where he served as a starter when healthy, first as an add-on at fullback for Malcolm Jenkins, then essentially taking over Jenkins’ leadership role when Jenkins returned to New Orleans.
Last season, the Eagles’ starters at safety were McLeod and Anthony Harris, college teammates at the University of Virginia who reunited in the pro ranks.
Both were free agents and when Philadelphia decided to bring Anthony Harris back on a one-year contract, the writing was on the wall for McLeod, who remarked to SI.com’s Eagles Today that his time with the Eagles was probably over at Maxwell Football. Club awards banquet in Atlantic City last month.
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McLeod, who turns 32 in June, was in Atlantic City to be honored as the recipient of the Steinberg DeNicola Humanitarian Award for his work in the community.
Harris is a year younger than McLeod and has more history with Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, dating back to their days with the Minnesota Vikings.
McLeod originally arrived in Philadelphia as a free agent from the Rams in 2016 and played 80 games (including the playoffs) with Philadelphia, amassing 11 interceptions with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He overcame torn ACLs at the start of the 2018 season and at the end of the 2020 campaign.
His final zone pick of Washington’s Taylor Heinicke in the dying seconds in the Eagles’ 20-17 Week 17 win helped earn a playoff berth last season, but his career high was certainly Super Bowl LII, the franchise’s only Super Bowl championship. .
The Eagles are currently looking for Harris and Marcus Epps as safeties for the 2022 season, but are also keeping tabs on the Mathieu market and are still expected to add safety in the draft later this month.
-John McMullen contributes Eagles coverage for SI.com’s Eagles Today and is the NFL Insider for JAKIB Media. You can listen to John, alongside legendary sports chat host Jody McDonald every morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on “Birds 365,” streaming live on YouTube. John is also the host of his own show ‘Extending the Play’ on AM1490 in South Jersey. You can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter @JFMcMullen