NFL Rumors: Former Eagles safety speaks on potential Philadelphia return
With Marcus Epps (Raiders) and CJ Gardner-Johnson (Lions) moving on in free agency, the Eagles will have two new starting safeties in 2023.
The team has since brought in S Justin Evans for depth, but as of now, K’Von Wallace and Reed Blankenship are the incumbent starters — less than ideal. However, a familiar face could help fill the void.
During a recent appearance on Good Morning Football, former Eagles safety Rodney McLeod spoke about potentially returning to Philadelphia in 2023:
“You never know what could happen. That would be an amazing finish to my career — to leave and come back is the ultimate story and fairytale, so you never know what could happen. Never can close a door; a door might present itself.”
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McLeod, 32, was an integral piece to the Eagles’ Super Bowl in 2017 and spent six seasons with the Eagles, recording 347 tackles and 11 INTs during his tenure. Signing a one-year deal with Indianapolis last season, McLeod appeared in all 17 games for the Colts, recording 96 tackles, 8 passes defended, and 2 INTs.
Alongside his work on the field, McLeod was named the 2022 NFLPA Alan Page Community Award winner. During that season, he held his inaugural Art and Sole Sneaker Ball, which helped raise over $200,000, along with 250 pairs of sneakers and 150 toys for local families in need.
In 2020, McLeod and his wife also helped provide 10,000 kids with educational programs focusing on social justice in the Philadelphia area.
While McLeod is on the tail end of his career, he knows the city and would give the Eagles an established veteran option at the position.
McLeod’s Batista Bomb on 3rd & 2 may be the most underrated play in that Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/VpXm75rhlR— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) February 4, 2021
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