NFL Rumors: Former Eagles SB champion eyeing up Philadelphia return?
As it currently stands, the Eagles have two vacancies at the safety position with Marcus Epps signing a new deal in Las Vegas and CJ Gardner-Johnson still on the open market.
Reed Blankenship is likely destined for one of those spots. A potential option for the other is soon to be available, and he’s already familiar with the city. After spending two seasons in New England as a full-time starter, CB/S Jalen Mills is set to hit free agency.
Patriots are releasing defensive back Jalen Mills, per source. The release saves about $5 million against the Patriots’ salary cap.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2023
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Mills, 29, was originally a seventh-round selection by the Eagles and was a member of the 2017 team that brought Philadelphia its first Super Bowl title.
Having experience at both corner and safety, Mills could find his way back to Philly and seems open to the idea of a potential return.
** I’m almost certain Mills was responding to Patriots fans wondering who could replace Devin McCourty, but let’s roll with it.
The Eagles transitioned Mills from cornerback to free safety once they acquired Darius Slay in 2020, so they have a pretty decent idea of what he provides at the position. If GM Howie Roseman chooses to reunite with the ‘Green Goblin,’ I can’t imagine the asking price would be very high. Darius Slay’s wife would apparently welcome the move as well.
Mills has tallied 361 tackles, 52 passes defended, and 7 INTs across his seven-year career.
“When it’s on the line, we gonna make it.” @MalcolmJenkins called game. Jalen Mills (@greengoblin) came through. @insidetheNFL #WireOfTheWeek@Eagles #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/TCH4ep8HiQ— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) January 16, 2018
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Great blog post! It’s interesting to see how the Eagles are potentially considering bringing back Jalen Mills, especially with his experience at both safety and cornerback. Do you think he would be a good fit for the defense, and what other potential options do you see the Eagles exploring for that second safety spot?
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Yes bring him back great fit