The New England Patriots are releasing defensive back Jalen Mills, per Adam Schefter. The release saves about $5 million against their salary cap.
The Philadelphia Eagles have a need at safety. Last year’s starters, Marcus Epps is now with the Raiders and C.J. Gardner-Johnson is still unsigned.
The former Eagles CB Jalen Mills is exactly the kind of versatile player that Head Coach Nick Sirianni likes to have on the roster.
Mills played his first four years at cornerback with the Eagles, before moving over to safety in 2020. He had a career-high season in 2020, finishing with 74 total tackles, five QB hits, three passes defended, one interception, and one forced fumble, plus 1.5 sacks.
The Patriots signed in 2021 and put him back at corner. He started every game in his first year with the team, but missed the Patriots’ playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills because of illness.
This past season, Mills started 10 of the first 11 games before missing the remainder of the year with a groin injury.
Mills still goes by Green Goblin, and still has green hair, a reunion could be possible. The Eagles could move him back to safety.
Former Eagles DB Jalen Mills. Photo courtsey of Pats Pulpit