Thank You

Last week the Eagles and Rodney McLeod parted ways, with McLeod heading to the Indianapolis Colts. Another Eagles Super Bowl team member is gone. Leaving Derek Barnett, Fletcher Cox, Jake Elliot, Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson, Rick Lovato, and Issac Seumalo as the remaining members. Any time a member of the championship team leaves, it hurts a little. That is a special group of guys, and they will always hold a special place in the history of this city. I owe one of the best days of my life to that group of guys.

The Signing

During the 2016 off-season, the Birds signed McLeod to a five-year, 35 million dollar contract. At the time, it made McLeod and Jenkins the highest paid safety duo in the NFL.

McLeod ended up being a perfect signing for the Eagles. He was a great person and player in so many aspects. He was a leader on the team and was always solid in the secondary. In addition, he added stability to the safety possession, which the Eagles had been lacking.

Over his 6-year career McLeod:

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Legacy 

McLeod is one of those players who was never the star of the team or never made the highlight play, but he is one of those players that we will talk about in 20 years when reminiscing on the Super Bowl team. He was a great piece and the Eagles might not win without him. Teams need role players like Rodney if they want to win championships. He was a great Eagle and will be missed on the football field and in the community. I wish him nothing but the best for the rest of his career. AND Rodney thank you for the first and only Super Bowl in franchise history. 

 

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