Just days after cutting cornerback Jalen Mills, the Patriots are bringing him back on a one-year. The deal is worth up to $6.1 million, as per Adam Schefter.
Releasing Mills would have saved the Patriots about $5 million on the salary cap; he had two years remaining on the four-year, $24 million contract he had signed in March 2021.
As part of the agreement for Mills to stay with the Patriots, one year was reduced off the original contract. Mills had been scheduled to earn base salaries of $5 million apiece in 2023 and 2024, with the chance to earn an additional $1 million in per-game roster bonuses each year.
The 28 year old Mills has totaled 78 tackles, 2 interceptions and 12 passes defended in his two years with the Patriots.
A 2016 seventh-round pick of the Eagles, Mills played five years in Philadelphia before going to the Patriots.
The Patriots could try Mills at safety to replace Devin McCourty, but there’s also a shortage at the cornerback position for them.
Patriots defensive back Jalen Mills. Photo courtsey of Pro Football Rumors