Philadelphia Eagles’ unrestricted free agent Rodney McLeod is reportedly signing with the Indianapolis Colts. McLeod has been with the Eagles over the last six seasons. He was one of the few remaining Super Bowl champions left on the team.
Rodney McLeod is signing with the #Colts
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— Eagles Nation (@PHLEaglesNation) April 8, 2022
MCLEOD’S SIX SEASON RUN WITH THE EAGLES
In 2016, the safety signed a five-year contract becoming a starter alongside Malcolm Jenkins. McLeod finished his first season with Philadelphia with a career-high 83 combined tackles. The following season, Pro Football Focus ranked him 36th among all safeties in the league. In the postseason, he started in Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots, recoding six combined tackles and one pass breakup.
McLeod missed most of the 2018 season with a torn MCL, but returned the following year starting in all 16 games. In 2020, he signed a two-year contract with the Eagles. That season McLeod scored his second professional touchdown (first with Philadelphia) on a 53-yard fumble recovery against the Dallas Cowboys. In the latter half of the season, he suffered a torn ACL and was placed on injured reserve. He made his 2021 season debut in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
During his career in Philadelphia, he completed 347 total tackles, 34 pass breakups, 11 interceptions, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. McLeod also had one touchdown and two sacks.
As a leader on the field, McLeod also shared a strong passion for his community. In 2020, he was selected as the Eagles’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. This offseason, McLeod won the 2022 Alan Page Community Award. The award is the organization’s highest honor, recognizing one player who has demonstrated dedication to positively impact the team’s city and surrounding communities. McLeod donated $25,000 to Philabundance during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide meals for those struggling with hunger. He also pledged $20,000 toward educational programs and his foundation, Change Our Future Foundation, raised more than $205,000 to update STEM and Black history curriculum in local schools.
The Eagles re-signed Anthony Harris who will now be the most veteran starter with McLeod on his way to Indianapolis. Philadelphia’s remaining safeties include Marcus Epps, K’Von Wallace, and Jared Mayden.
At 31 years old, McLeod was the fifth-oldest regular starting safety in the NFL last season. He worked with the Colts’ head coach Frank Reich in 2016 and 2017 when he was with the Eagles. McLeod will also join former Eagles’ teammate Andrew Sendejo, as well as, Khari Willis in Indianapolis.