It’s like Jalen Mills never really left.
The Patriots plan to re-sign the veteran defensive back, The Score’s Jordan Schultz reported Wednesday morning. ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing Mills’ agents, added that the 28-year-old will sign a “revised” one-year deal worth up to $6.1 million.
Multiple reports last Friday indicated New England was cutting Mills, although it’s worth pointing out that his release never became official on the NFL’s transaction wire. Nevertheless, Mills reportedly will be back with the Patriots for another season — but that’s not the most interesting part.
“Jalen Mills is re-signing with the Patriots, sources tell The Score,” Schultz wrote in a tweet. ” … I’m also told he plans to go back to safety next season.”
Mills signed with the Patriots in 2021 on a four-year deal and primarily played cornerback over his first two seasons in New England. But Mills also has experience all over the secondary, including at free safety, a position now open in Foxboro following the retirement of Devin McCourty.
While with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020, Mills saw 236 snaps at free safety. In fact, before his reported release, Mills seemingly reminded fans that he’s capable of being more than just a cornerback.
Mills played like a top cornerback during training camp last summer but wound up enduring an injury-riddled 2022 campaign. He missed the final six games due to a groin ailment and finished the season with 31 tackles, five pass breakups and two interceptions.
The Patriots recently re-signed cornerback Jonathan Jones and safety Jabrill Peppers, and placed a restricted-free agent tender on versatile D-back Myles Bryant. So, they apparently will enter this summer with last season’s defensive secondary fully intact, aside from McCourty.